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Justice Department Awards Over $54 Million to Support Wellness and Safety of Law Enforcement Officers

The Department of Justice, through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), has awarded funding totaling over $54 million to provide services that protect officers and improve overall public safety. Grants were awarded through various BJA programs, including the following:

  • Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program
  • Law Enforcement Safety and Wellness Programs through the Officer Robert Wilson III Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) initiative 
  • National Officer Safety Initiatives
  • Body-Worn Camera Program

As stated by Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, “Bulletproof vests, body-worn cameras, professional training on wellness and safety—these resources, equipment and strategies will help officers do their jobs effectively, keep them safe from harm and protect their health.”

View the press release to learn more. Also see the associated fact sheet for a complete list of individual grant programs, award amounts, and the awardees that will receive funding.

Date Published: October 16, 2020