Announced yesterday by the U.S. Attorney for Montana, Jesse Laslovich, the Billings Police Department & Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office will receive $152,772 in grant funds to be used toward supplies and equipment.

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The grant is from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, FY23 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich had this to share about the grant being awarded:

Our top priority in Billings is fighting violent crime and we cannot do this effectively without the brave men and women of the Billings Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office. They deserve our unwavering support and as far as the U.S. Department of Justice is concerned, we are putting money where our mouth is by providing them this grant to help keep officers safe and protect our community from dangerous criminals.

The grant award is for a joint application from the Billings Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, with the police department acting as the grant administrator.

The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office plans to use its $20,611 grant allocation to purchase equipment and supplies for its office and detention facility, including rechargeable flashlights and charging docks for the detention facility, batteries used for its tactical robot, helicopter, and other radios and miscellaneous supplies. The sheriff’s office also plans to use the money to fix hail damage on the helicopter and to buy a portable radio.

The Billings Police Department plans to use its allocation of $132,161 to purchase patrol SUV equipment, simulation ammunition, Point Blank vests, TASER training cartridges, uniforms, batteries, first aid supplies, and promotional items.

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