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House Passes Three Bills to Improve Public Safety

The House of Representatives on Tuesday (Feb. 3) overwhelmingly passed three pieces of legislation aimed at enhancing public safety. Together the three bills would enhance medical preparedness, improve interoperable communications, and authorize and bolster the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Social Media Working Group.

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Senate Panel OKs Bulletproof Vest Grants

The Senate Judiciary Committee approves legislation authorizing Justice Department funding for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program through Fiscal Year 2017.   S 2554, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 2012 offered by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), helps state...

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House Appropriators Deny FEMA Grant Merger

The House Appropriations Committee rejects the Obama administration's plan to merge FEMA programs into a National Preparedness Grant Program until Congress authorizes funding for it and when grant guidance and implementation are written. The panel's opinions are in the DHS FY 2013 budget bill repor...

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House GOP Wants to Boost Homeland Security Grants

House Republicans again propose to give the Department of Homeland Security discretionary power over a dozen grants that comprise the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), while increasing funding by $180 million more than the White House sought.  House Appropriations Committee Republicans pr...

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House GOP Offers Small Cut in Firefighter Grants

House Republicans are proposing a small funding reduction for Firefighter Assistance Grants in the FY 2013 Homeland Security funding bill of May 8. The Firefighter Assistance Grant Program would receive $670 million as part of the House's funding proposal, a cut of $5 million from FY 2012. The bill...

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Grants Fund Alzheimer's-related Missing Persons Project

The Justice Department offers a pair of single FY 2012 funding awards to help develop community partnerships in helping law enforcement locate missing people who have Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. Eligibility extends to national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, i...

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House Proposes Massive COPS Hiring Cut in FY 2013

House and Senate appropriators are at odds over whether to cut or increase the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring program, an initiative state and local law enforcement agencies rely on for new personnel or retaining positions that would otherwise be lost. House...

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Justice Offers Community Policing Grant Development Funds

The Justice Department offers grants of $50,000 to $500,000 through its Community Policing Development (CPD) grant program. Government agencies, for-profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, community groups and faith-based organizations are eligible for the funding. Applications are due by ...

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'Safe Neighborhoods' Grants Competitive in FY 2012

The Justice Department offers competitive awards of up to $500,000 each through its FY 2012 Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). A June 14 application deadline is set by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. PSN Task Force fiscal agents in U.S. Attorn...

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Justice Offers $10 Million in Byrne Innovation Program

The Justice Department is making available to states, local governments, nonprofits and tribal governments grants totaling $11.4 million through the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJIP). A June 7 deadline has been set to apply for BCJIP funding. The program -- part of the White House's...

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