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Twenty-three Kansas agencies share $1.8 million in public safety grants

By: - September 25, 2020 12:32 pm
Gov. Laura Kelly announced distribution of $1.8 million in federal grants to nearly two dozen Kansas agencies working to improve public safety and reduce crime. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly announced distribution of $1.8 million in federal grants to nearly two dozen Kansas agencies working to improve public safety and reduce crime. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Nearly two dozen local and state agencies in Kansas have been awarded $1.8 million in federal funding to improve public safety and reduce crime, officials said Friday.

The Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council selected the 23 grant recipients for 2021. The funding from the U.S. Department of Justice is to assist with equipment and technology needs, crime victim services and prevention activities.

“My administration will continue to support investments in our state’s criminal justice system and public safety,” said Gov. Laura Kelly. “These grant funds will go a long way in providing our law enforcement and criminal justice agencies with the resources they need to maintain a safe environment for Kansans.”

The largest grant went to Brothers in Blue Reentry, of Leavenworth County, which received $280,000. Other awards: Avenue of Life, of Wyandotte County, $238,000; Kansas Department of Corrections victim services, $186,000; Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, of Scott County; $177,000; and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, $142,000.

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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

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