GEORGIA (WJBF) – Governor Brian P. Kemp announced preliminary grant awards totaling more than $83.5 million for 118 qualified projects.

This is to improve community-level public safety measures and address law enforcement staffing challenges that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several counties in the CSRA will receive significant rewards:

  • Richmond County Marshal’s Office – $1,578,558.30

To acquire security screening equipment and technology to mitigate or reduce the possibility of gun crimes in the courts.

  • Richmond County Sheriff’s Office – $1,255,017.50

To purchase new body-worn cameras and implement public safety technology and proactive policing methods to combat gun violence.

  • Burke County Sheriff’s Office – $1,312,867.33

To create a Comprehensive Youth Violence Crime Reduction and Prevention Program.

  • McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office – $300,025

To invest in equipment and technology to aid in the fight against violent crime.

  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office – $1,593,102.52

To establish the 1st rural multi-agency mobile response crisis team, comprised of Washington, Hancock, Glascock, Jefferson, Johnson, and Wilkinson Counties.

  • City of Sylvania – $159,005

 For the installation of law enforcement grade equipment.