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Webb, Warner announce $148 million in public safety funds for Virginia

October 15, 2010 | Virginia News

Federal grants help fund state, local law enforcement as well as public safety organizations

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today announced $148 million in federal grants to Virginia agencies, municipalities, and public safety organizations. The 296 U.S. Department of Justice grants support public safety projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“Given the difficult economic climate and the budget shortfalls facing local governments, this critical funding will provide uninterrupted law enforcement services and will spur innovation and efficiency in public safety,” said Senator Webb, author of the National Criminal Justice Act, which would create a bipartisan commission to review the criminal justice system and offer concrete recommendations for reform.

“Especially in a time of tight budgets, these grants provide much-needed support for vital public safety programs across Virginia,” Senator Warner said. “These funds will help us better support victims of crime, equip our front-line law enforcement officers, and provide additional investment in the longer-term modernization of Virginia’s criminal justice system.”

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