State got $17 million in federal grants to fight crime

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska received $17 million in federal grants this year to combat crime.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Burgess said the Department of Justice awarded the money to a variety of state, local and tribal agencies to develop or maintain law enforcement programs, buy equipment or hire officers.

Among the larger grants, the Alaska Division of Emergency Services received $2.8 million to buy emergency responder equipment and to conduct weapons of mass destruction exercises.

Just over $2.1 million came to the state to improve functions of the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on violent crime and serious offenders.

The Justice Department also sent $2 million to the state to support prisoner reentry initiatives and more than $500,000 to implement drug courts in Barrow, the Copper River region and Southeast.

Eleven grants went to villages to hire, train or equip police officers.

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