Sheriff's office awarded federal grant

Oct 06, 2016

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a federal grant totaling $10,351.

The grant is part of $2,116,025 that came from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

A total of $728,780 of that money was awarded via BJA’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which is where Haywood County’s money came.

The 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 local needs and conditions.

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office put the award toward ballistic and tactical entry vests for the Special Emergency Response Team members to use when they make entry into potentially life threatening situations.

The vests are custom fitted to allow deputies to move and perform more effectively and efficiently. The vests are also more advanced in the way of heat and sweat wicking technology, which will be helpful during long shifts.