WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) announced today that the City of Philadelphia has been awarded more than $1.7 million in anti-crime funding from the Department of Justice. The support for the Philadelphia Police Department comes through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program. Fattah, the Senior Democrat Appropriator overseeing DOJ funding, has long championed JAG on behalf of Philadelphia and cities throughout the country.
Administered by the DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance, JAG is the leading source of federal support to state and local law enforcement agencies, offering a critical flexibility for cities to address the unique public safety needs within their communities and fund their most high-impact programs and services. JAG funds can be used for a variety of anti-crime purposes including: crime prevention and education; prosecution and courts; corrections and community corrections; drug treatment and enforcement; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement; and crime victim and witness programs.
Fattah said: "Our local law enforcement agencies work tirelessly to create a safe Philadelphia and we must continue to provide every level of support available to ensure they have the necessary skills, resources, and tools to succeed. The flexibility of JAG to fund innovative and preventative crime-fighting initiatives across our city will make our neighborhoods stronger, and our community more secure.
Additional information on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program can be found at: https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=59
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah