Attorney General’s Safe Oklahoma Grant Program Seeks Applicants

Attorney General’s Safe Oklahoma Grant Program Seeks Applicants

Law enforcement application deadline is September 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Tuesday the second application period for the 2016 Safe Oklahoma Grant Program is now open, encouraging Oklahoma law enforcement agencies to apply for the grant funding aimed at helping local law enforcement fight violent crime throughout Oklahoma.

The awards provide additional funds for each law enforcement agency to supplement other federal, state, and local funds expended to carry out activities relating to daily law enforcement duties. Grant funds will be awarded based on a city or county’s plans for approved data-driven techniques used to decrease violent crime in Oklahoma communities, such as evidence-based practices and deployment tactics, neighborhood targeting, and community partnerships.

Funds awarded through this grant program enhance the budgets of law enforcement agencies and enable them to implement strategies that assist in reducing and preventing violent crimes in our cities and towns, such as increasing the frequency of patrols in known, high-crime areas, developing partnerships and projects with community partners, and increasing direct services to crime victims. Some of the factors considered during the grant review process include, but are not limited to, violent crime rate, usage of grant funds, and demonstration of need.

“I encourage law enforcement agencies across the state – large and small, urban and rural – to apply for this grant and advance their current efforts toward these critical resources,” Attorney General Pruitt said.

“Since the inception of the Oklahoma Safe Grant Program, we have seen numerous examples of agencies putting these funds to good use and cracking down on violent crime across Oklahoma. This will be a difficult budget year for our State, and these additional funds will help ease the burden on our law enforcement agencies, while ensuring our communities continue to grow safer.”

All local law enforcement agencies, including police and sheriffs’ departments, are eligible for the grants. The application deadline is September 9, 2016, and the grants will be distributed later this fall. To download a copy of the grant application for the Safe Oklahoma Grant Program, click here.

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