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Hogan Awards Domestic Violence Grants

July 12th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced Maryland will provide $189,533 in state funding to help protect victims of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Unit Program allows local sheriffs and police departments to create specialized units to serve ex parte and protective orders, and to update and maintain state and federal domestic violence databases.

Ex parte orders are temporary protective orders, which can be put in place without requiring the presence of the respondent in court. The grant funds announced today are designed to reduce the time between the issuance of an ex parte or protective order and its entry into Maryland and national data systems.

“As governor, the safety and security of Marylanders is my top priority,” said Governor Hogan. “Protective orders are vitally important for victims of domestic violence. Serving these orders quickly and then immediately placing that information in our state and federal database are important steps in our goal to protect innocent victims of domestic violence.”  

“Narrowing the amount of time it takes to serve a protective order and then enter it into a database can be essential to the safety of a victim of domestic violence,” said Glenn Fueston, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. “These documents order a suspected abuser to stay away from the victim, or face legal consequences. A law enforcement officer can access the databases through their cruiser’s laptop or at their office and immediately know whether a person has been ordered to stay away from a victim.”

Grants were awarded to the following agencies:

 

Domestic Violence Unit Program Awards, July 2016

Implementing Agency

County

Amount

Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office

Anne Arundel County

$24,425

Baltimore Police Department

Baltimore City

$50,165

Baltimore County Police Department

Baltimore County

$35,000

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office

Calvert County

 $4,800

Cambridge Police Department

Dorchester County

$5,554

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office

Carroll County

$5,604

Charles County Sheriff’s Office

Charles County

$2,000

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office

Dorchester County

$1,680

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

Frederick County

$6,621

Hagerstown Police Department

Washington County

$10,994

Howard County Sheriff’s Office

Howard County

$4,650

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Montgomery County

$18,040

Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office

Wicomico County

$20,000

Total

$189,533

 

About the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention serves as a coordinating office that advises the governor on criminal justice strategies. The office plans, promotes, and funds efforts with government entities, private organizations, and the community to advance public policy, enhance public safety, reduce crime and juvenile delinquency, and serve victims.

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