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Local Mississippi law enforcement receives $2 million grant

Magnolia State law enforcement is getting financial help to fight crime and improve public safety.

Senator Thad Cochran reported Tuesday that 16 grants worth more than $2 million have been approved for city and county law enforcement agencies in the state. The grant is provided through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lieutenant Jon Traxler, with the Hattiesburg Police Department, says the city will split more than $24,000 with Forrest County, and HPD will purchase tablet computers.

Corporal Gary Dickerson, with the Laurel Police Department, says the city of Laurel received more than $17,000 thanks to the grant.

"With the grant money the department will creating a unit to address the high crime areas in the city," said Dickerson. "We will buy equipment for the vehicles, the patrol cars, as far as over time for special projects. This particular grant has a wide area of things that the Laurel Police Department can utilize to help the citizens. That is our primary thing, we want to be here to protect and serve, and make sure we put the criminals behind bars where they belong, and not out walking the street."

The largest of the 16 grants is a nearly $2 million award to the Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning.

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