U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly announced the Nebraska Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Commission (Crime Commission) received $4,337,801 in a Department of Justice grant to respond to the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.
The grant, awarded to the Crime Commission is available under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Trump. The Crime Commission will be developing it’s criteria for awarding these funds.
In addition, more than $2.1 million has been allocated to local jurisdictions in Nebraska. Those jurisdictions can find out if they are eligible and apply immediately by visiting this website. The Justice Department is moving quickly, awarding grants on a rolling basis and aiming to have funds available for drawdown as soon as possible after receiving applications.
“We are living in unprecedented times with the outbreak of COVID-19,” said U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly. “This funding is essential to safeguard our frontline public safety officials as they go about their duties in these critical times.”
“The outbreak of COVID-19 and the public health emergency it created are sobering reminders that even the most routine duties performed by our nation’s public safety officials carry potentially grave risks,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. “These funds will provide hard-hit communities with critical resources to help mitigate the impact of this crisis and give added protection to the brave professionals charged with keeping citizens safe.”
The law gives jurisdictions considerable latitude in the use of these funds for dealing with COVID-19. Potential uses include hiring personnel, paying overtime, purchasing protective equipment, distributing resources to hard-hit areas and addressing inmates’ medical needs.
Agencies that were eligible for the fiscal year 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program are candidates for the emergency funding. Local units of government will receive direct awards separately according to their jurisdictions’ allocations.
The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.
These agencies/communities have been designated as eligible to apply for have received the allocated dollar amounts.
|State||Jurisdiction Name||Government Type||Eligible Allocation|
|NE||GRAND ISLAND CITY||Municipal||$85,491|
|NE||NORTH PLATTE CITY||Municipal||$36,002|