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Graves Announces DOJ Grants for East Baton Rouge, Lafourche and Livingston Parish Sheriff Offices to Reduce Crime and Keep Communities Safe

October 21, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced East Baton Rouge, Lafourche and Livingston Parish Sheriff Offices are receiving a combined $94,261 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to aid their efforts in preventing and controlling crime. Additionally, East Baton Rouge Parish is receiving $169,735 for law enforcement efforts.

“It’s no secret that there is a relationship between the uptick in crime across communities and the ‘defund the police’ movement. Now more than ever is the time to double down on providing resources to our law enforcement so they can keep Louisiana and our country safe. We have continued to work with our law enforcement officials so they can utilize DOJ opportunities that give them the resources necessary to serve and protect. Our families deserve safety, our businesses deserve protection, and our homes should not be threatened by criminals. These grants will keep us moving in the right direction,” Graves said.

The breakdown for respective sheriff offices is below:

Recipient: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office

  • Amount of Award: $463,693

Recipient: Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office

  • Amount of Award: $16,847

Recipient: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office

  • Amount of Award: $33,721


The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following program areas:

1) law enforcement programs;

2) prosecution and court programs;

3) prevention and education programs;

4) corrections and community corrections programs;

5) drug treatment and enforcement programs;

6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs;

7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)

8) mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs.

This JAG award will be used to support criminal justice initiatives that fall under one or more of the allowable program areas above. Funded programs or initiatives may include multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces, crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, justice information sharing initiatives, or other programs aimed at reducing crime and/or enhancing public/officer safety.

Click here for the 2021 Louisiana Local JAG Allocations.