Cornyn: County will receive JAG grant

Hutchinson County was awarded a grant worth $16,098 from the Department of Justice. According to U.S Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, this grant will help prevent crime based on local needs and conditions. At a Hutchinson County Commissioner’s Court meeting in July, Chief Deputy James Qualls spoke on behalf of the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office and requested permission to apply for the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) totaling around $16,000. He said the department wanted to use this money to get new locks and doors for a few of the jail house cells. The funding comes through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).The 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.“These funds will equip local law enforcement with the necessary resources to crack down on crime in the area,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Having the proper tools to fight crime is critical to keeping our communities safe, and I applaud the local leaders for working to secure this funding.” Hutchinson County will use the funds provided to complete renovations within the county jail.