The city of Tacoma and surrounding jurisdictions got $286,619 Friday as part of $5 million in grants from the U.S. Justice Department meant to improve criminal justice in the state.
The Tacoma-area funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program will support community-based policing and prosecution programs that focus on crime prevention and reducing youth violence.
Some individual agencies also received funding.
Lakewood was awarded $59,756 to reduce copper theft and stop the operation of illegal scrap metal shops in the area. University Place got $10,323 for overtime and to support crime prevention programs about personal and property safety.
Thurston County received $31,922 for computer equipment, case management transition and implementations, visual aid equipment, and training.
The largest grant, $635,618, went to the city of Seattle and the surrounding area.
The University of Washington Innocence Project Northwest, which represents defendants who may have been wrongfully convicted, was awarded $247,593.
The grant program is named for 22-year-old New York officer Edward R. Byrne, who was killed in the line of duty in 1988.
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