Tyler, Smith County receiving $31,900 crime prevention grant

Tyler and Smith County will receive a grant of $31,900 from the Department of Justice to help prevent and respond to crime and emergencies, announced Sen. John Cornyn.

The funding comes through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

"Having the proper tools to fight crime is critical to keeping our communities safe," said Sen. Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  "We must remember that public safety and well-being is our top priority, and this grant will help further that mission."

The funds will be used to purchase an 800 mhz radio communication system that will be shared by law enforcement, fire, and medical services, and will ensure that, in the event of critical incidents, multiple agencies will have the necessary resources to respond effectively.