Costa Announces $360,000 in Federal Funds for Valley Law Enforcement

Washington, DC- Rep. Jim Costa announced today that Valley law enforcement will receive over $360,000 to support a wide range of activities intended to control and prevent crime based upon local needs and concerns. The funds were released by the United States Department of Justice through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne JAG).

“Byrne JAG grants allow local law enforcement to take the actions necessary to prevent and control crime in their communities,” said Costa. “The funds for Valley counties and cities will go to work hiring additional deputy district attorneys, scaling up crime prevention programs around local businesses, and purchasing needed equipment.  These dollars will go to good use helping local law enforcement fight crime and keep our Valley safe.”

Local agencies receiving funds:

  • City of Arvin- $11,991
    • To purchase communications equipment that will bring the department to current standards and enhance officer and community safety.
  • City of Bakersfield- $160,568
    • To assist in the implementation of a comprehensive program to address crime in and around the Bakersfield metropolitan business district.
  • City of Hanford- $13,602
    • To purchase in-car patrol vehicle video systems, which are invaluable to patrol officers for video based evidence and transparency in law enforcement actions.
  • City of Parlier- $10,304
    • To purchase tactical equipment and support overtime for the Gang Suppression Tactical Team.
  • Kern County- $150,060
    • To fund one Deputy District Attorney assigned to the Vertical Prosecution Program, which has a track record of improving conviction rates, reducing victim trauma, and providing more consistent sentencing.
  • Kings County- $13,500
    • To purchase desktop and laptop computers for supervising parolees.

The Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program funding can be used for state and local initiatives, prosecution and court programs, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support and information systems for criminal justice.