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Garamendi & Miller Announce Federal Funds Heading to Solano and Contra Costa Law Enforcement Agencies

August 31, 2010
Press Release

Funding Comes in Addition to $3.2 Million in
Recovery Funds for Local Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) and Rep. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek) today announced new federal funds awarded to law enforcement agencies throughout Contra Costa and Solano counties.  The $726,000 grant awards come from the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

The JAG Program, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.

The funding announced today is in addition to the $2.2 million in grant funds that Contra Costa County received and the $1.01 million Solano County and cities received from the JAG Recovery Act program earlier this year.

"Our local police and sheriff departments have made tough budget decisions during the last couple years," Congressman Miller said of the announcement. "This new funding is critically needed to help officers continue their work to keep our communities safe."

"Public safety is a top priority in any economy," Congressman Garamendi said. "I’m glad local police departments will have an easier time balancing difficult budgets because of this new funding."

In Contra Costa, the county and 12 municipalities within it will use the funds to support multiple criminal justice initiatives. Specific grant-funded projects will include the retention and creation of sworn and civilian law enforcement positions; the purchasing of software and equipment that will streamline criminal justice and law enforcement patrol efforts and increase communication interoperability between law enforcement officers and public safety dispatchers; and the support of programs aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency. The Contra Costa Sheriff's Office will be responsible for the coordination and management of the projects.

In Solano County, the County and the cities of Fairfield, Vacaville, and Vallejo will use the funds to purchase closed-circuit cameras, licenses, accessories and a server for the public safety camera system operated by the Fairfield police department; to purchase mobile digital computers for Vacaville’s police department's patrol vehicle fleet; and to retain Vallejo’s full time police officer whose position was funded under prior JAG awards. Remaining funds will be used by Solano County to purchase mobile video surveillance camera systems for use in the apprehension of serious offenders in an effort to reduce violent crime.

The JAG Program provides states and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. 

Below is the breakdown of the new funding by county and city:
SOLANO COUNTY County $16,447
FAIRFIELD CITY Municipal $66,515
VACAVILLE CITY Municipal $30,317
VALLEJO CITY Municipal $123,264
Total for Solano County agencies: $236,543

ANTIOCH CITY Municipal $86,847
BRENTWOOD CITY Municipal $13,615
CONCORD CITY Municipal $52,174
EL CERRITO CITY Municipal $18,226
MARTINEZ CITY Municipal $11,800
OAKLEY CITY Municipal $10,493
PINOLE CITY Municipal $14,269
PITTSBURG CITY Municipal $24,399
PLEASANT HILL CITY Municipal $13,652
RICHMOND CITY Municipal $128,419
SAN PABLO CITY Municipal $37,542
WALNUT CREEK CITY Municipal $12,599
Total for Contra Costa agencies: $489,425

More information about the program is available at: