Sheriff to seek $445,000 grant for public safety programs

POSTED: 07:48 AM PDT Jul 03, 2013 
Retired Riverside County Sheriff Larry D. Smith
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -

The Board of Supervisors today authorized Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff to seek a $445,413 grant from the U.S. Justice Department in support of programs that enhance public safety.

Funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant can be used for training, equipment and initiatives that reduce drug abuse, offer resources to victims of crime and protect minors.

The county has received EBMJA grants in the last two years totaling more than $2.36 million, though the money has been shared with cities within the county, according to sheriff's documents.

According to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which administers the grants, more than $5 billion has been awarded to states and local jurisdictions since the program's inception in 2005.