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Governor Larry Hogan Announces First Round of Byrne Justice Assistance Grants

December 8th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the first round of recipients of the 2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants, or BJAG awards. The recipients of the BJAG awards support a broad range of state and local criminal justice initiatives critical to Maryland's ultimate goal of safe communities. Funds are intended to close gaps in services related to preventing violent crime, assisting crime victims, enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, detention, and rehabilitation.

The BJAG grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Justice and administered by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. The $1,951,422 in grants, listed in the chart below, will go toward a variety of criminal justice projects, including school safety, cybercrime prevention, automatic license plate readers, technology equipment upgrades at local police departments, police officer overtime pay for heroin-related investigations, gang reduction, and more.

“Ensuring the safety and well-being of Marylanders is our administration’s number-one priority,” said Governor Hogan. “The grants we are announcing today are another step in our ongoing efforts to improve all facets of the criminal justice system and ensure our hardworking police officers, social service providers, and other local agencies have the tools they need to make our state the safest it can be.”

“The Byrne Justice Assistance Grants are considered the cornerstone federal crime-fighting program,” said Glenn Fueston, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. “We look forward to ensuring that our local police departments and other agencies use these valuable funds to implement innovative approaches to public safety challenges and to fill gaps across the criminal justice system.” 

A table of the first round of grants can be found below. A second and final round of grants will be announced in the coming days.

2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance (BJAG) Grants

First Round of BJAG Grants



Implementing Organization

Project Title


Allegany County

Allegany County State's Attorney's Office

Allegany County State's Attorney's Office

Enhanced Prosecution Partnership Targeting Priority and Ancillary Offenders



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