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Graves Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for Louisiana’s Law Enforcement

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves announced the award of seven grants to help improve and expand Louisiana’s law enforcement solutions from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The State of Louisiana will receive the largest, $3,893,810, to identify, arrest, and reduce violent gangs and drug dealers in our community.

“We want to live and raise our kids in safe communities, but crime is one of the top reasons folks leave Louisiana. We shouldn’t have to look over our shoulders in our own driveways while unloading groceries or wonder if our car windows will be smashed in broad daylight while at work or attending an event. We will keep working with our sheriffs, chiefs, the DOJ, and other law enforcement officials to identify and secure federal funding to combat crime in our community,” Graves said. “The Biden Administration must do more to stop the rush of illegal substances – like fentanyl – from inundating our communities. Until we get a handle on our southern border, drug-related crime will continue to be a threat.”

Grants benefitting Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District Include:

  • $312,708 for the Louisiana State Police to expedite forensic evidence processing and eliminate a backlog. The funding can also be used to train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel to eliminate processing backlogs.
    • In 2021, Graves secured congressional funding to add an additional DNA processing center in the Capitol Region to address this backlog and ensure that violent criminals are apprehended as quickly as possible.
  • $320,721 for Terrebonne Parish to develop, implement, and expand comprehensive programs to respond to the overdose crisis.
  • $20,395 for the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office to purchase new technology systems to assist with crime prevention, solving criminal cases, and locating people involved in criminal activity.
  • $41,007 for the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office to crack down on gun crimes and violent criminal offenders.
  • The Louisiana State Police are receiving two grants: $3,418,156 for the Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program and $2,000,000 for the Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP).