Governor Abbott, Department of Justice Announce $1 million grant

Governor Abbott, Department of Justice Announce $1 million grant following Santa Fe shooting

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(Press Release)

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott and the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) today announced a $1 million grant for overtime expenses of law enforcement officers involved in the response efforts after the shooting at Santa Fe High School. The grant will be awarded to the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) and will assist the City of Santa Fe and surrounding jurisdictions with law enforcement costs incurred responding to the tragic incident.

"As our hearts continue to ache for the lives lost at Santa Fe High School, this grant will provide welcome assistance to a community still struggling with this tragedy," said Governor Abbott. "We are truly grateful for the brave men and women of Texas law enforcement who were involved in the response efforts in Santa Fe. I thank the Department of Justice for this grant, and the State of Texas will continue to assist the entire Santa Fe community in the aftermath of this tragedy.”

"When there is a tragedy, the Department of Justice is there for police and first responders,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Today, we continue to help state and local police in Texas to rebuild after the tragic murder of ten people at Santa Fe High School. We have provided a total of $1 million to defray their expenses since that terrible day. We honor and respect the law officers who serve at the state, local, and tribal levels, and we continue to support them and their life-saving work every single day."

The BJA is part of the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, and administers available funds from the Department’s Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance (EFLEA) grant program. The EFLEA grant program helps states respond to unanticipated emergencies that require law enforcement intervention, that cannot be addressed with state and local resources alone.

For more information about the Bureau of Justice Assistance, please visit www.bja.gov.

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