Two of the 18 grants in the first round of funding for the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grants Program benefit the efforts of the Toledo Police Department.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On April 25, Ohio Gov. Mike Devine provided $ 3.7 million in grants to local law enforcement as part of a new grant program to reduce violent crime in Ohio.
This is the first round of funding to be allocated under the program.
Funding for the first round includes 18 grants to be directed to local programs affecting 21 local law enforcement agencies.
The Mansfield Police Department will manage a $ 130,418 grant
The Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium (NOVCC), consisting of
police stations in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorraine,
Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown.
Law enforcement in these communities will expand the various existing evidence-based investigation strategies by improving crime analysis, information sharing, and community engagement.
NOVCC will also expand officer hours dedicated to violent crime reduction strategies to include saturation patrols, town hall meetings, door-to-door conversations and similar efforts to help
reduce gun violence.
The Toledo Police Department will work to combat gun use after receiving a $ 220,000 grant with new forensic technology at its Criminal Weapons Intelligence Center (CGIC) to increase weapons evidence analysis through the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network to gain more leads investigation.
The department will also improve the work of CGIC with increasing staff
at certain peak rush hours and with new ones
technologies that allow investigators to immediately gain access to law enforcement
databases while in the field.