Evers announces $50 million in federal funds for public safety
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is sending an additional $50 million in federal funds to police departments and state justice systems.
Milwaukee County will receive $14 million to increase hours and staff as officials seek to reduce a backlog worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Local and county police departments across the state will split $19 million. Local and tribal law enforcement will receive no less than $7,000. The amount of the allowance is based on a formula that takes into account the population served and a violent crime supplement for locations where violent crime exceeds the state average.
“Whether it’s training, recruiting bonuses, community policing needs, or technology, these funds will help our local and tribal law enforcement agencies meet the specific public safety needs of their community.” , Evers said. At the end of the day, people, whether it’s investing in mental health support and diversion, providing people with a fair and speedy trial, strengthening reintegration programs, we’re going to follow the science and using evidence-based strategies to build a safer and fairer Wisconsin for all.
Five million will also go to the State Crime Lab so it can outsource testing associated with controlled substance and DNA cases. It will also use the funds for the training of firearms examiners so that analysts can continue to participate in jury trials.
Evers, who is seeking a second term this fall against Republicans who have criticized him for public safety, said spending is essential to stave off violence that “is not a foregone conclusion.”
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