Paris Gets Grant Dollars

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the award of $522,283 to two programs dedicated to preventing and reducing drug abuse, dismantling drug trafficking organizations, locating and eliminating illegal drug laboratories, and reducing drug-related violent crime. These grants are awarded under the federal Byrne Formula Grant Program and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).

“With these grants, we increase the communication between our law enforcement agencies and improve the prevention and treatment resources provided by them, better preparing Texas in the fight against illegal drugs,” Perry said.

Byrne Formula Grants support drug abuse prevention, treatment, and enforcement programs and improve criminal justice information and reporting systems.

Each year, CJD awards more than $130 million in grants to help Texans at the forefront of the fight against crime. CJD funds a variety of juvenile justice, criminal justice and victim services programs – all aimed at making Texas a safer place.

The awards include:

• $152,422 to Caldwell County for a regional narcotics enforcement unit for Caldwell and Fayette counties that will investigate and enforce narcotics cases, conduct covert investigations of local drug trafficking operations, and provide training to local law enforcement in narcotics trafficking, anti-terrorism and missing children investigations.

• $369,861 to the City of Paris for a regional narcotics enforcement task force to provide narcotics investigation expertise, assistance to local prosecutors in drug-related cases, and additional support to all local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies in Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Hopkins, and Lamar counties.