Narcotics Task Force Awarded Federal Grant
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WESTERN KENTUCKY - On Tuesday, Governor Andy Beshear announced $1.4 million in grants to assist 13 law enforcement agencies across Kentucky, including one in western Kentucky.

The Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force was awarded $260,468 to assist with developing leads and gathering information to combat the sale, distribution, and transportation of illegal drugs and narcotics within the Pennyrile Area Development District. The task force also devotes time and money to provide educational programs to churches, schools, civic organizations, and others.

Additionally, the group participates with county coalitions and the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy to promote anti-drug campaigns and community awareness.

"Without the JAG grant monies given to the task force, the Kentucky communities that we are responsible for would have to combat crime and drugs with fewer resources and would have to ask state and local governments for more financial help," said Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force Director David Thompson. "With the current situation with COVID, we all know that would not be an option. So we are grateful for the JAG funds that keep us in the business of identifying and prosecuting drug traffickers in our communities. Without it, we would be out of business."

The task force is comprised of 11 counties across western Kentucky, including Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Lyon, Livingston, Trigg, Henderson, Muhlenberg, Todd, McLean, and Webster.

Federal JAG funding is distributed to agencies based on a formula that takes population size and crime statistics into account. The funds can be used to hire additional personnel, purchase equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice.

"Kentucky's law enforcement officers, and others across the nation, face extraordinary challenges daily with both strength and resilience, but often times with limited resources. My administration believes it is crucial to provide funding to our state and local government agencies for them to purchase the tools and resources that will not only allow them to protect our communities but ensure their own safety as they stand on the front lines every day," said Gov. Beshear.

You can see a full list of grant recipients at the link below.

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Published 12:01 PM, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2021
Updated 08:02 AM, Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021



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