RI gets $3.4M in Federal Crime Prevention Funding

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island is getting more than $3.4 million in federal crime prevention funds aimed at bolstering law enforcement and strengthening the juvenile justice system.

Nine communities, including Middletown, North Kingstown, Providence and Woonsocket, are getting nearly $1.1 million in funding from a federal anti-drug program that supports substance abuse education and steps up drug enforcement efforts.

The state Department of Public Safety is receiving almost $950,000 for a program that aims to reduce domestic violence against women. The department's juvenile justice office is getting another $600,000 for non-profits working to reduce juvenile delinquency and help rehabilitate youth offenders.

Smaller grants are also going to a number of jurisdictions for everything from new “semi-rugged” laptops for police patrol vehicles to police officer overtime.

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