Grant money awarded to ArkLaTex law enforcement agencies

Updated: Nov. 21, 2016 at 6:22 PM CST
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(KSLA) - Recently announced grants are helping local law enforcement agencies in the ArkLaTex. The grants were announced last week by United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley and the Department of Justice and are awarded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

In Bossier City, $29,153 in grant money will be split between the Bossier City Police Department and the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office to help provide overtime, education, and mobile radios.

Bossier City Public Information Officer Mark Natale says one of the big things the money funds is the police department's annual Armed Robbery Task Force, which goes out every holiday season to stop armed robberies.

Natale says this year's Armed Robbery Task Force begins the day after Thanksgiving.

"This enables the Bossier City Police Department to save money on overtime while at the same time continuing a long-standing crime fighting effort that we have had in place here, for I think past three decades, and that's the armed robbery task force," said Natale.

The City of Shreveport also received grant money. The city was awarded $120,424 to purchase patrols boats and cars.

Shreveport also got a separate grant of one million dollars through the BJA's Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. The grant is to improve community safety and advance neighborhood revitalization. The city is required to set up a plan to reduce crime in a target neighborhood.

The North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory in Shreveport got $271,114 to increase the amount of cases analyzed and for training.

Natchitoches got $13,548 to purchase surveillance equipment and for their drug task force.

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