Flint Township Police Department receives federal grant

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Police Department has received a $28,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.

Flint Township Police Chief Kevin Salter said that his department will be using this year’s grant to purchase new technology and equipment. In years past, the department has utilized JAG funds to upgrade computers and purchase patrol car cameras, flashlights and crash investigation software.

The JAG program provides federal funding for local initiatives to reduce criminal activity, including officer training, mental health programs, crime victim support and witness programs. Funds may also be used for drug and gang task forces, crime prevention and domestic violence programs and other initiatives aimed at reducing crime.

The JAG grant is named after Edward Byrne, a New York City police officer who was ambushed and shot in his patrol car while protecting a witness in a court case in 1988. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the JAG program, which allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the justice system.

Flint Township has received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant since 2005. — B.G.