Va gets $39.8M in stimulus funds for police

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's crime-fighting efforts are getting a nearly $40 million boost from the federal stimulus package.

President Barack Obama announced the state's $39.8 million share Friday.

The funding comes from the Dept. of Justice's Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program.

Law enforcement efforts supported by the program include hiring officers, crime prevention and domestic violence programs, and multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces.

Obama says the stimulus package includes more than $4 billion for law enforcement.

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