Brown wants fed funds to local law enforcement restored

YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat of Cleveland, met with local law enforcement today to discuss the importance of federal funds to maintain safety.

The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program has provided more than $15 million to help Ohio police departments.

Locally, it provides funds to city, county and township police to purchase equipment such as cars, pistols and body cameras.

Over the past decade the funds have been cut. The recent budget passed through the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate could cut funding again for Byrne JAG by $24 million, Brown said.

“Restore this cut,” Brown said following a press conference Monday at the Youngstown City Police Department. “You shouldn’t be cutting local governments. [Police] aren’t equipped with the dollars they need for training."

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