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Georgia allocates $83.5 million in grants to enhance public safety

n a recent announcement, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp revealed that the state will distribute over $83.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds as grants for 118 public safety projects across Georgia.

The aim of these grants is to bolster law enforcement staffing, support initiatives to reduce violent crime, invest in technology and equipment, and address personnel shortages stemming from the pandemic.

Kemp emphasized the significance of the grants in a statement following the decision. “Public safety has always been a top priority of my administration and will continue to be,” he said.

He further highlighted the need to provide resources for law enforcement agencies to combat surging crime.

Josh Crawford, director of criminal justice initiatives for the Georgia Center for Opportunity, applauded the state’s commitment to public safety.

“We commend Gov. Kemp and the legislature for continuing their commitment to public safety, especially in an environment where we continue to see high crime rates in cities across the state,” Crawford stated. “Ensuring safe communities requires involvement from all of us, including partnerships between state and local officials.”

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