South Georgia Crime & Safety

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Awarded ~$180,000 from DOJ

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded upwards of $180,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice through a grant program.

The news came as the DOJ announced more than $2.8 million in grants awarded to agencies and entities to support law enforcement and public safety initiatives in the Southern District of Georgia.

These federal grants include funding for the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, a key component of the Department of Justice’s Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime, and funding from the Office of Community-Oriented Policing (COPS).

“These grant awards will assist law enforcement agencies throughout the Southern District in our continued fight against violent crime, while also supporting communities and agencies allied in our efforts to improve the safety of our neighborhoods.”

U.S. Attorney David Estes.

Among the funding issued to Liberty County:

  • BJA – The Kevin and Avonte Program: Reducing Injury and Death of Missing Individuals with Dementia and Developmental Disabilities: $120,000
  • BJA – The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program: $14,242
  • BJA – Body-worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program: $53,940

The end-of-fiscal-year 2022 PSN grant to the Southern District of $100,665, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance through Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, will distribute funding to Savannah, Augusta, and Brunswick, the three most populous cities in the Southern District, in collaboration with local public safety agencies to help achieve reductions in violent crime, including gun homicides.

Additional DOJ grants awarded during the regular end-of-fiscal-year funding cycle include:

Office of Community-Oriented Policing (COPS) Hiring Program:

  • City of Swainsboro, $316,653

COPS School Violence Prevention Program:

  • Lincoln County School District, $274,065

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking:

  • Tharros Place, Inc., Savannah, $750,000

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grants through the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program:

  • Bulloch County Board of Commissioners, $739,172

BJA – STOP School Violence Prevention Program:

  • New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc., Augusta, $333,333

BJA – The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program:

  • City of Savannah, $126,177
  • Augusta/Richmond County, $52,106
  • Glynn County, $24,527
  • City of Waycross, $10,022

BJA – Body-worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program:

  • City of Thomson, $9,825

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