ANDERSON — U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett presented city officials with more than $19,000 in funding for local law enforcement upgrades on Tuesday.
“The fact that I am a repeat visitor is telling you something,” Hogsett said.
Hogsett awarded Police Chief Larry Crenshaw and Mayor Kevin Smith with a check for $19,971 from the Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.
In 2012, the Anderson Police Department received $20,599 from the same grant.
“In this day and age when federal, state and local funds are a premium the fact that Anderson has received this grant repeatedly — even in tight fiscal times says something about the department,” Hogsett said.
The grant, which is a leading source of federal justice funding for state and local jurisdictions, was created in honor of New York City Police Officer Edward Byrne who was assassinated in 1988 by a violent drug gang. Bryne, 22, was guarding the home of a witness at the time of his death.
The program is administered by the Department of Justice and is intended to be flexible and allow municipalities to prevent and control crime based on their local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for new initiatives, technical assistance, training, equipment, and supplies and many other purposes.
Crenshaw said the department plans to use the funds for upgrades including new tasers.
“This is very instrumental for our long-term projects,” Crenshaw said. “We are very happy to receive this check.”