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Bladen County to benefit from Crime Commission grants

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By Erin Smith

Bladen County law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District will receive $97,123 from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to assist them in performing their duties.

The District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties, will receive $76,955.38 for Bladen/Columbus Domestic Violence Prosecution.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will receive $20,167.62 for the purchase of jail extraction suits. The extraction suits provide protection to officers from blunt force trauma injuries.

There were 437 programs throughout North Carolina which received funding in the 2017 grant cycle. A total of $73 million in grants was made available through the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission.

“Keeping North Carolina safe means preventing crime, helping crime victims recover, and working to end addiction and repeat offenders,” Gov. Cooper said. “Innovative public safety efforts in communities across our state are tackling these issues on the ground.”

According to a release, the Commission currently administers more than $180 million dollars in federal funds, along with approximately $5 million in state appropriated funds. These funds have been awarded as grants to local law enforcement, courts, corrections, juvenile justice and victims’ services agencies across the state.

“I commend fellow members for their diligence,” said Commission Chairman Robert Evans. “The Commission represents a broad cross-section of society, professionals and support organizations working together to administer millions of dollars in federal and state funds. These funds are appropriated annually to improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, as well as to enhance and improve services to victims of crime.”