April 13, 2024

Local Police Departments Receive Coronavirus Supplemental Funding

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that 114 local law enforcement agencies, courts and service providers have been awarded nearly $6 million to support the fight against COVID-19 during the second round of Ohio’s Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) grant program.

Locally, three police departments received funding which can be used for hazard pay, physical distancing technology, cleaning and disinfectant supplies, and PPE. Receiving funding are: Pomeroy Police Department, $6,300; Middleport Police Department, $8,886.06; Syracuse Police Department, $4,420.29.

“This second round of funding will help local courts from across the state purchase a variety of remote technology and personal protection equipment, such as plexiglass shields to keep personnel safe,” said Governor DeWine.

Governor DeWine announced the availability of the grant funding on April 29.  The funding will be administered by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, as part of the CARES Act to support agencies in taking measures to help prevent the spread of, prepare for, and respond to the spread of COVID-19. 

On July 9, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that local law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, local courts, victim service providers, and adult, juvenile, and community corrections agencies were awarded $2 million in the first round of funding to support the fight against COVID-19.

To date, OCJS has funded more than 175 projects to respond to, prevent the spread of, and prepare for Covid-19 totaling $7,966,816.03. During the first round for this funding, no agencies from Meigs County received money.

OCJS is still accepting applications on a continual basis while funding is available, and there is no cap.  For more information, including the list of awardees, please visit www.ocjs.ohio.gov.