FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- Nineteen and county governments in Kentucky are eligible to share $3.37 million in new federal funding to help law enforcement agencies respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, part of the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Trump, will allow eligible local governments to apply immediately for these critical funds. The U. S. Justice Department says they are moving quickly to make awards, with the goal of having funds available for drawdown within days of the award.
“Kentucky law enforcement needs resources, not just happy talk to help respond to the current pandemic while still keeping its eye on the constant threat from drug trafficking and violent crime,” said Russell Coleman, U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. “The Department of Justice is happy to oblige with over $3 million available to those that protect the families of our Commonwealth.”
Robert M. Duncan, Jr., U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, agreed. “These funds provide law enforcement with new resources, which they may be able to use as strategic tools during this time of uncertainty. State and local law enforcement agencies can leverage these funds to purchase much needed equipment and hire more personnel, ultimately helping Departments prepare for and respond to the coronavirus in Kentucky.”
The Justice Department says, among other things, funds may be used to hire personnel, pay overtime costs, cover protective equipment and supplies, address correctional inmates’ medical needs and defray expenses related to the distribution of resources to hard-hit areas. Grant funds may be applied retroactively to Jan. 20, 2020, subject to federal supplanting rules.
“This is an unprecedented moment in our nation’s history and an especially dangerous one for our front-line law enforcement officers, corrections officials, and public safety professionals,” said Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “We are grateful to the Congress for making these resources available and for the show of support this program represents.”
The $3.37 million earmarked for Kentucky is part of $850 million available nationwide.