Topeka Fifty-seven Kansas law enforcement agencies -- including the Douglas County Sheriff's Department -- will share nearly $5.69 million in grants to finance projects aimed at reducing illegal drug supplies and sales and related violence, the Governor's Office of Drug Abuse Programs announced.
The money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice and must be matched by 25 percent in local or state funding, meaning the 57 agencies will invest an additional $1.42 million for a total of $7.1 million to be spent on 76 projects.
The grants include two awards for the Douglas County sheriff's office totaling $73,910.
One is for the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) program, which will receive $34,910. With 25 percent matching funds from the county, the program will receive $46,546.
In the DARE program, sheriff's officers visit area schools to spread awareness and urge prevention of illegal drug use among children.
The local Drug Enforcement Unit will receive $39,000 from the state. The unit will receive a total of $52,000 with matching funds.
The DEU is made up of representatives from the district attorney's office and several law enforcement agencies who investigate illegal drug-related crimes in the county.
This is the third year the DARE program has been funded and the sixth year the DEU has been funded, said Judy Osburn, operations coordinator for the sheriff's office.
Larger state grant amounts include the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, $621,863 in three grants; Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, $588,291 in two grants; Wichita Police Department, $543,531 in two grants; state Department of Corrections, $236,551 in two grants; Saline County Sheriff's Office, $166,986 in two grants.
Also, Johnson County Sheriff's Office, $145,654; Riley County Police Department, $139,046 in two grants; City of Topeka, $138,000; Hutchinson Police Department, $100,475 in three grants; Overland Park Police Department, $92,616; Wichita Project Freedom, $75,000; Olathe Police Department, $69,868.
And, Garden City Police Department, $67,069 in two grants; Arkansas City Police Department, $65,626 in two grants; Crawford County Attorney's Office, $62,250; Shawnee County Sheriff's Office, $57,569 in two grants; Leavenworth Police Department, $55,026; City of Ottawa, $51,813, and Liberal Police Department, $50,495.