Colorado Gets $29.8 Million For Law Enforcement

By: Leslie Fichera Email
By: Leslie Fichera Email

Colorado may soon be seeing the effects of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan.

President Obama announced Friday that $2 billion from the stimulus plan, being called Recovery Act 2009, will be dedicated to improving state and local law enforcement.

The fund for these improvements is known as the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program and more than $29.8 million from the fund will go to the state of Colorado.

Of that $29.8 million, El Paso County will get $621,526 and Colorado Springs will get $133,6258. Pueblo County will be allocated $24,374
and the city of Pueblo will be given $460,164.

White House staff say the JAG Program supports a variety of efforts such as hiring and support for law enforcement officers, multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces; crime prevention and domestic violence programs; and courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives.

"These funds are a vital component in our effort to not just revive our economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity and security," President Obama said. "By keeping police officers on the streets whose jobs were threatened by budget cuts and ensuring states and municipalities have the tools and equipment necessary to fight crime, this money will simultaneously help jumpstart the American economy and protect our citizens."

The money is allocated to each state by a statistics of population and violent crime statistics. Sixty percent of the money is awarded directly to a state and 40 percent is set aside for units of local governments.

President Obama says the money will be used by states and more than 5,000 local communities.

The Recovery Act includes more than $4 billion to assist state, local and tribal law enforcement. The goal is to also create more jobs and support other criminal and juvenile justice programs.

To see the breakdown of the money allocated to Colorado state and its cities, click on the link below.

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