Michigan State Police awarded $2M in public safety grants

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The Michigan State Police is getting more than $2 million in federal grants to expand safety efforts statewide.

With the public safety grants the State Police will be able to review sexual assault evidence kits, fight the growth of meth and buy a new patrol boat for the Soo Locks area.

“The staff of our Grants and Community Services Division works tirelessly to identify and secure federal funding like this which helps to improve safety statewide,” said Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Etue.

The grants come from three different sources.

$999,979 will be used to pay for overtime to expand the technical reviews of the sexual assault kits that were part of last year’s statewide inventory review to find backlogged kits. The grant source is the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Another $920,880 will be available for the Michigan State Police to beef up its response to the growing methamphetamine production and abuse problem in the state. That funding comes from the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Anti-Methamphetamine Program.

Third grant will give the MSP Marine Services Team the opportunity to buy a new patrol/response boat to enhance security at the Port of Sault Ste. Marie. That $278,318 grant requires a 25 percent match. The grant is awarded by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Port Security Grant Program.

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