Friday, March 6, 2009 | 2:57 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- The White House announced today that nearly $23 million in law enforcement grants for Nevada is being released to the state from the economic recovery package.
The funds include $13.8 million to the state and $9.1 million to cities and counties for hiring officers, supporting drug and gang task forces as well for crime prevention and domestic violence programs.
The Nevada funds are part of $4 billion made available nationwide under President Barack Obama’s Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“These funds are a vital component in our effort to not just revive our economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity and security,” Obama said.
“By keeping police officers on the streets whose jobs were threatened by budget cuts and ensuring states and municipalities have the tools and equipment necessary to fight crime, this money will simultaneously help jumpstart the American economy and protect our citizens.”