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Prosecutor’s office to get $90k federal grant

August 28, 2014 - 10:35am

The Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will receive almost $90,000 in federal funding, Sen. Brian Schatz’s office said Thursday.

The grant funds will be used to upgrade its computer system by purchasing new equipment and by training staff to use the improved technology, the senator’s office said. The funding was part of $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

“Our state and county law enforcement professionals work day in and day out to keep the people and visitors of Hawai‘i safe,” Schatz said. “These grants will help ensure they have the resources they need by funding important programs that prevent crime and improve the well-being of our communities.”

The State Department of the Attorney General will receive $908,157. Programs selected for funding will focus on evidence-based initiatives to prevent sexual assaults, elder abuse, drug crimes, property crimes, and juvenile delinquency. The funding will also support re-entry efforts, forensic science capabilities, and collaboration with other agencies.