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SALT LAKE CITY – Two Utah cities are receiving U.S. Department of Justice funding to support a broad range of activities as they respond to the coronavirus.  The funding is coming from DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance through the Coronavirus Emergency Funding Program.

Murray will receive $112,282 and West Jordan is getting $127,429.

“The Department of Justice provides communities with funding to use for critical public safety needs. Police officers and other front line responders will have access to this assistance as they keep residents and themselves safe through this challenging crisis,” U.S. Attorney John W. Huber said today. “These cities know best how to use the supplemental funds, and they are afforded considerable flexibility to use these dollars to protect and serve their neighborhoods.”

The Emergency Supplemental Funding Program allows states, local governments, and federally recognized tribal governments to apply for critical funds to use as they respond to the coronavirus.  Those receiving grants have considerable latitude in the use of the funds. The grant funding can support things like law enforcement overtime, equipment, hiring, supplies such as gloves, masks, and sanitizer for police officers and medical personnel, training, travel expenses, and addressing the needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.

Funding for other Utah cities and counties is pending. Agencies that were eligible for the fiscal year 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program are candidates for this emergency supplemental funding.

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