The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was one of the recipients, receiving $338,000.
Gov. Mike DeWine said last month that 21 law enforcement agencies across Ohio will receive more than $3.7 million to assist battle violence.
Some of the funds will be used to pay for additional staff to process a backlog on the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, according to Chief Deputy Rick Minerd (NIBIN).
According to Minerd, NIBIN is similar to a DNA database for firearms, in that it can help connect the dots as to whether a weapon was used in another crime. This information could point them in the direction of a known suspect.
The money will also be used to buy tools for wiretaps and educational opportunities for the community.
“This new pot of money that we have been awarded, we are looking to do some hot spot policing. We are looking at connecting at-risk youth with some educational opportunities, treatment opportunities, and also those who are suffering from addiction as well,” Minerd said.
Minerd says some of the funding will be used as seed money for the Central Ohio Violence Eradication Response Team (COVERT). The group is responsible for preventing violent crimes, including murder, robbery and aggravated assault.
COVERT will also work to bring mentorship and counseling services to at-risk youth.
The money is coming from the Ohio Violent Reduction Grant Program, which was created last year to give law enforcement officials more tools to hold the small number of criminals responsible for the most violent crime in the state. The program originally launched with $8 million from the state’s operating budget, but it was increased to $58 million with additional money from the American Recovery Plan.
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