Specter, Casey Announce Over $1 Million in Justice Grants for the Lehigh Valley

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $1,070,832 to the Lehigh Valley through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The funding was included in the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“This funding will have tremendous impact on local communities by enhancing safety through advanced law enforcement programs and criminal justice initiatives,” said Senator Specter. “I am pleased that the economic stimulus package will benefit these vital projects to prevent and control crime in Pennsylvania.”

“These grants will help state and local law enforcement agencies ensure the safety of their citizens,” said Senator Casey.  “One of the objectives of the recovery plan is to help governments revitalize their communities. These funds will go a long way to meeting this goal.”

The Byrne program is a grant program designed to help state and local governments control and prevent crime and further develop the criminal justice system.

For more information on Byrne grants, please visit: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/jag.html

The complete distribution of Byrne grants to the Lehigh Valley includes:

PALMERTON BOROUGH    $10,725
MAHONING TOWNSHIP    $16,706
ALLENTOWN CITY    $580,171
EMMAUS BOROUGH    $12,581
FOUNTAIN HILL BOROUGH    $12,169
SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP    $32,174
WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP    $35,062
BANGOR BOROUGH    $13,818
BETHLEHEM CITY    $172,216
EASTON CITY    $102,711
HELLERTOWN BOROUGH    $11,756
BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP    $24,750
LOWER SAUCON TOWNSHIP    $12,169
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY    $17,118
BERKS COUNTY    $16,706
REGIONAL TOTAL    $1,070,832

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