Crist Announces Over $200,000 in Grants to Keep Pinellas Families Safe

St. Petersburg, FL, October 14, 2021

St. Petersburg, FL – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced two grants, totaling over $200,000, for Pinellas law enforcement to prevent and reduce crime, and most importantly, keep Pinellas residents safe. The grants are awarded through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which aims to reduce crime and violence by assisting state and local law enforcement.

The first grant, totaling $183,203, will be evenly divided between the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) and the City of St. Petersburg. Half of the funding will be used by PCSO to enhance media room equipment, including updating three media walls and replacing projectors and screens, and the other half will be used by the City of St. Pete to sustain several of the Department’s crime prevention, community policing, and engagement initiatives.

The second grant, worth $27,900, is awarded to the City of Clearwater for the implementation of a police worn body camera program.

As a member of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, Congressman Crist helped secure nearly $190 million in Fiscal Year 2021 for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.

“My most important job in Congress is keeping Pinellas families safe. From funding police worn body cameras to supporting crime prevention and community policing initiatives - these grants deliver,” said Rep. Crist. “I’m grateful to see the funds secured through my seat on the House Appropriations Committee being used to directly promote the safety and security of my Pinellas friends and neighbors.”

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