Wellspring and OPSO Awarded Grants

MONROE, La. -- - United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley and the Department of Justice announced that 16 grants totaling more than $2.4 million have been awarded to 15 agencies within the Western District of Louisiana.

Two grants totaling $1.1 million were awarded to the Wellspring Alliance for Families in Monroe; more than $500,000 was awarded to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe in Marksville; and more than $224,000 was awarded to the Lafayette Consolidated Government. The remaining 12 grants were awarded to law enforcement agencies within the District.

Law enforcement agencies receiving the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance include:

Bastrop: Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office: $11,831 to support policing operations;

Monroe: Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office: $63,758 to purchase equipment to increase officer safety;

Monroe: Wellspring Alliance for Families: $600,000 through the Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program, from the Office of Violence Against Women, to be used to strengthen civil and criminal legal assistance programs for adult and youth victims of abuse or violence, which includes hiring attorneys and support staff. The Wellspring Alliance for Families will also receive $500,000 through the Justice for Families Program, from the Office of Violence Against Women, to be used to provide victim services and training for employees and government officials.

“These grants will help to strengthen law enforcement agencies and other organizations, which will benefit the public throughout this District,” Finley stated. “The purchase of equipment, upgrade of technology and improvement to law enforcement safety that these grants will fund demonstrates the commitment the Department of Justice and my office have to help local agencies meet the challenges facing them.”

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. The OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART). For more information on grant award programs, visit www.bja.gov.



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