Vermont Awarded More Than $1 Million In Rural Law Enforcement Grants From Stimulus Package

Posted: August 27, 2009

Vermont Department of Public Safety (DPS) will receive more than $1 million in federal economic recovery grants. 

The grants were made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), enacted earlier this year.
 
The grants are administered by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).  The grant program is designed to help rural states prevent and combat crime -- particularly drug-related crime -- and helps to address rural needs.  Vermont DPS has been awarded a $130,000 grant to hire an intelligence analyst to support local and state crime investigations in Vermont.  A second grant of $1,055,000 will help facilitate rural justice information sharing and will allow Vermont DPS to add several justice information databases from state and federal agencies, create a link with Vermont’s behavioral health exchange network, and improve the quick exchange of information among front-line law enforcers, prosecutors, courts and corrections officials.