Governor DeWine awards $8.2 million to support local violent crime prevention initiatives

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that 13 local law enforcement agencies will receive a total of $8.2 million to help prevent and investigate incidents of violent crime in their communities.

The grants represent the eighth round of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program. To date, Governor DeWine has awarded $45.9 million to 132 Ohio law enforcement agencies through this program. In total, about $100 million will be given to local law enforcement agencies.

“By investing in our law enforcement agencies and our peace officers, we are also investing in the safety of our citizens,” Governor DeWine said. “The goal of this grant program is to support the around-the-clock work of local law enforcement authorities so that they can enhance their efforts to keep citizens safe.”

Agencies receiving grants to implement violent crime reduction strategies under this latest cycle of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program include:

The cantonal police (Stark County) will receive $74,760 for technology to help identify emerging hotspots, gather intelligence, deploy resources and support crime prevention efforts. The funding will also be used to provide training in problem-oriented policing strategies to help officers build community trust.

The Elyria Police Department (County of Lorain) will receive $2,765,513.43 hire twelve new officers to enable more proactive policing initiatives to prevent violent crime. The funds will also be used to provide enrollment and retention bonuses, hire a recruiting specialist, and purchase new equipment for their digital forensics unit and crime scene unit.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will receive $191,862.72 to pay retention bonuses for assistants and dispatchers. The funds will also be used for new technologies to improve intelligence gathering efforts and support Operation Clean Up, which focuses on the targeted suppression of violent crime.

The Lakewood Police Department (Cuyahoga County) will receive $217,752.26 new technologies to help reduce criminal activity and violent crime. The funds will also be used to increase patrols and reduce gun violence in Madison Park, which has recently seen a spike in violent crime.

The Ottawa County Attorney’s Office will receive $254,123.07 to create the Ottawa County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Team. Members of the new unit will meet with victims and provide in-person support to ensure access to necessary medical care, emergency housing, counseling services, etc.

The Riverside Police Department (Montgomery County) will receive $80,250 new technologies to support the work of preventing incidents of gun violence and identifying those responsible for violent crimes.

In addition, the following entities will also each receive grants to pay retention and/or hiring bonuses to help maintain current law enforcement staffing levels, recruit new officers, and continue public safety services underway to prevent and investigate violent crime.

  • Fostoria Police Department (Seneca County): $124,311
  • Hamersville Police Department (Brown County): $163,967.22
  • Hamilton Police Department (Butler County): $967,319.76
  • New Matamoras Police Department (Washington County): $4,200
  • Pierce Township Police Department (Clermont County): $226,931.08
  • Summit County Sheriff’s Office: $2,918,249.69
  • Xavier University Police Department (Hamilton County): $174,390

Governor DeWine, in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly, created the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program last year to give local law enforcement additional tools to combat violence, including the increase in crime associated with retirements and resignations from law enforcement.

The program is funded by both the state operating budget and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds which Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly dedicated to first responders to address a variety of pressing issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including violent crime. The grants announced today are all funded by ARPA.

The program is administered by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Justice Services within the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Other first responder aids developed by the DeWine-Husted administration include the creation of the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center, Ohio School Safety Center, Ohio Bureau of Law Enforcement Recruitment, Ohio First Responder Welfare Office, Ohio Prisoner Extradition Reimbursement Program, Ohio Body Worn Camera Grant Program, Ohio Ballistic Testing Initiative, Ohio Crime Lab Efficiency Program, Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention and Resilience Program, Ohio Court Backlog Reduction Programand the new Database of electronic mandates.