Newhouse Congratulates Central Washington Law Enforcement Grant Recipients

October 19, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded grant funding to the police departments of the City of Yakima, the City of Moses Lake, and the City of Kennewick. Moses Lake and Yakima received funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program and Kennewick received funding through the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA).

“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for our communities each and every day,” said Rep. Newhouse. “These funds will go a long way towards helping our local police departments—who are already facing limited officers due to Governor Inslee’s unilateral mandates—have access to the resources they need to continue to do their jobs and protect our families and communities.”

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following program areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation) and 8) mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams. You can read more about JAG grants here.

  • The City of Moses Lake will receive $10,134.
  • The City of Yakima will receive $63,105.

The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program funds are used to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness, and suicide prevention programs. You can learn more about the LEMHWA Program here.

  • The City of Kennewick will receive $70,400.