Governor Abbott announces more than $ 308 million in funding for public safety initiatives in Texas

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AUSTIN –Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced his Public Safety Office (PSO) would administer more than $ 308 million in grants for various public safety programs and services in Texas, including victim services, anti- trafficking in human beings and support for the police. .

“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our communities, and the State of Texas continues to strengthen programs and services that help keep Texans safe,” Abbott said. “These $ 308 million in grants for public safety initiatives will provide even more support to organizations and agencies that work tirelessly to protect our communities, defend victims of crime, ensure justice, and more.”

Recently released grants include, but are not limited to, funding for the following:

Bulletproof vests: 47 scholarships totaling $ 2.1 million to provide law enforcement officers with gun-resistant bulletproof vests to prevent loss of life during tactical and emergency response operations.

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County innovations to fight commercial sexual exploitation: 6 awards totaling $ 1.2 million for innovative projects that prevent, investigate and / or prosecute the commercial sexual exploitation of people in Texas.

Crime Stoppers Help: 35 awards totaling $ 381.5K to strategically support, expand and fund local Texas Crime Stoppers certified organizations that help protect our communities.

District attorney’s forensic evidence tests: 11 awards totaling $ 1 million to reimburse district attorney offices for costs associated with forensic analysis of physical evidence.

Internal security: 382 awards totaling $ 61.7 million to help prevent terrorism and prepare for the threats and dangers that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texas and its citizens. These projects finance equipment, planning, training, exercises and other activities for local, regional and state agencies and build basic capacities outlined in the national readiness target.

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Trafficking in human beings: 21 awards totaling $ 4.5 million for short and long term residential services, advocacy and case management for survivors of human trafficking in Texas.

Internet Crimes Against Children Working Groups: 3 prizes totaling $ 1.3 million for projects that develop an effective response to technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children which encompass forensic and investigative elements, training and technical assistance, victim services and community education.

Converting incident-based reports: 19 scholarships totaling $ 893.5,000 for projects that allow local law enforcement agencies to upgrade their technology infrastructure to support data submission to the Uniform Reporting National Incident Reporting System (NIBRS) of crime (UCR).

Aid to justice: 235 scholarships totaling $ 14.6 million to promote public safety, reduce crime and improve the criminal justice system. The projects funded support staff, equipment, supplies, training, technical assistance and information systems for criminal justice purposes.

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Juvenile justice and prevention of school absenteeism: 110 awards totaling $ 9.4 million to prevent violence in and around schools and to improve the juvenile justice system by providing mental health services, truancy prevention and intervention through community and school programs.

Local border security (border star): 94 awards totaling $ 5.1 million to cover overtime and operating costs that support an increased law enforcement presence to detect, deter and disrupt drug, human and other trafficking along from the border between Texas and Mexico.

Improving Nonprofit Security: 46 awards totaling $ 6.4 million for projects that support the improvement of physical security and other security activities for nonprofits that are at high risk of terrorist attack on the basis of the ideology, beliefs or mission of the nonprofit organization.

Paul Coverdell’s Forensic Science Improvement: 5 awards totaling 1.7 million for projects that improve the quality and speed of forensic or forensic pathology services as well as projects to address emerging forensic science. Specific funding has been earmarked for projects that support responses to the opioid epidemic.

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Plan safe neighborhoods: 20 prizes totaling $ 1.2 million for projects designed to create and foster safer neighborhoods through sustained reduction in violent crime including, but not limited to, fighting criminal gangs and possession and the use of firearms.

Residential drug treatment: 7 scholarships totaling $ 2.7 million for projects that provide residential drug treatment in local correctional and detention facilities.

SAFE Ready installations: 26 awards totaling $ 1.2 million to help healthcare facilities across Texas with the training, equipment, and supplies necessary to achieve and maintain the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) -Ready designation as defined in Chapter 323 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

Serving victims of crime and combating violence against women: 530 scholarships totaling $ 186.7 million to provide services directly to victims of crime in order to accelerate their recovery and help them throughout the criminal justice process as well as projects that promote a coordinated and multidisciplinary approach to improve the justice system’s response to violent crimes against women.

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Tests for evidence of sexual assault: 3 awards totaling $ 555.1 thousand to reimburse local law enforcement agencies for costs associated with forensic analysis of physical evidence related to sexual assault or other sexual offenses.

Specialized courts: 56 scholarships totaling $ 6.5 million to support court-supervised treatment, intensive case management and other services to help participants with addiction or mental health issues adopt healthier lifestyles , reduce the number of recidivism and remedy congestion in the justice system.

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