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Area agencies receive law enforcement funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Area law enforcement agencies are among the central Minnesota counties and municipalities that will receive $377,315 for law enforcement efforts as part of the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

In total, Minnesota will receive more than $29 million in federal funding in Byrne Grants to help save and create jobs for those tasked with the important role of keeping local communities safe.

"One of the first effects of a bad economy is a spike in crime," said Klobuchar. "This funding will help law enforcement with the increase in crime while providing jobs and much needed resources to local municipalities facing budget shortfalls."

Byrne Grants provide support to local law enforcement authorities for multi-jurisdictional drug task forces, anti-gang efforts, specialized prosecutors and other crime-fighting initiatives. Area law agencies receiving funding include Kandiyohi County, $13,827; Willmar City, $34,567; Stearns County, $35,099; and Meeker County, $10,636.