Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Web Update: Public Safety Recovery Grants to Create Jobs

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CDPSWEB.STATE.CO.US

WEB UPDATE
Monday, Aug. 24, 2009


Contacts:

Lance Clem, 303-239-4415, lance.clem@cdps.state.co.us

Myung Oak Kim, 303-947-5708, Myung.kim@state.co.us


Governor Ritter Announces New Statewide Public Safety Recovery Act Grants to Create Jobs


Gov. Bill Ritter and the Department of Public Safety today announced the distribution of $16.5 million in federal funds that will create jobs and help local law enforcement agencies protect communities.


"During difficult economic times, it is critical to support our local law enforcement agencies so that they can effectively protect our towns and cities," said Gov. Ritter. "The Recovery Act is putting people to work and providing important equipment and tools to fight crime and keep communities safe."


Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will pay for 65 jobs designed to enhance public safety across the state. The positions are both new jobs and jobs that were slated for elimination by governmental agencies, including five positions in the Denver Sheriff's Department. Additional contract positions will be created among vendors who work for units of government.


In all, Recovery Act grants will support 77 programs, including eight statewide projects costing $6,520,308. The remaining 69 programs costing $9,970,736 are distributed among municipal and county agencies throughout Colorado.


"Local law enforcement agencies have faced drops in federal funding in recent years, so these Recovery Act funds are extremely helpful and are allowing law enforcement programs to survive," said Peter A. Weir, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.


Recovery Act funding for the Justice Assistance Grants, administered by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice in the Department of Public Safety, will continue for two years beginning October 1, 2009. The grants were awarded through a competitive process. A state advisory board met for five days in July to read and ranked more than 200 applications that requested $89 million in funds. The board made recommendations to Gov. Ritter based on a variety of criteria.


Among the projects selected for funding:

  • A new police investigative technician at the Brighton Police Department
  • A new police officer in Granada
  • New police radios in Alamosa
  • A new crime analyst and crime trend technology for Sheridan
  • Retaining six staff members in the El Paso D.A.'s office for juvenile diversion
  • A new domestic violence prosecutor for La Plata County
  • A new metro Denver crisis line for mental health, substance abuse and human service needs


The full list of funded programs can be found at http://dcj.state.co.us/oajja/JAG_Byrne_Report/JAG%20Recovery%20Act.htm. (Please see the bottom of the page for "subgrant" awards and the statewide map.)