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Sheriff to seek grant for equipment purchases

Denton County Sheriff William Travis and his office are going after another grant to make equipment purchases to enhance the law enforcement capability in Denton County.

County commissioners on Tuesday authorized Travis to seek funding under the 2014 Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant. The sheriff’s office would administer the grant with the primary financial benefit to the cities of Denton and Lewisville.

“Although in the past we have participated in proceeds of the grant, currently, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office simply administers the grant and receives an administrative fee,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen wrote in an emailed response to questions Tuesday afternoon.

The grant will be split with $4,375 in administration fees to the county, $24,357 to the Denton Police Department and $15,021 to the Lewisville Police Department.

Commissioners also approved a public notice for the grant application. Residents interested in reviewing the JAG grant application may request a copy by contacting Mandy Smithers at the Denton County Sheriff’s Office at 940-349-2390 or mandy.smithers@dentoncounty.com.

“Denton County law enforcement has benefited from the JAG program for many years to purchase equipment and supplies that were not covered within the regular budgetary process or frankly, not affordable to participating agencies,” Brackeen said. “We certainly appreciate these grants and will continue to participate as long as they are available, in our ongoing effort to address crime prevention and crime control needs.”

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.


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