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Bevin announces $37.9 million in federal grant funding for 135 Kentucky victim advocacy programs

Gov. Matt Bevin joined with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and victim advocates from across the state to announce a record $37.9 million in federal grants to support crisis intervention services for victims of crime. In total, 135 Kentucky programs have received funding this year through the federal Victims of Crime Act grant program, known as VOCA. The awards mark a 50 percent increase...

Kentucky Justice Cabinet awards $26 million in federal grants to support victims of violent crime

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is awarding more than $26 million in federal grants to programs that assist victims of violent crime or help combat violence against women. The funds are part of two federal grant programs – the Victims of Crime Act, known as VOCA, and the STOP Violence Against Women Act, known as VAWA. Overall, the cabinet is awarding a record $25.2 million in VOCA...

Longtime Kentucky public servant Raymond Debolt named head of state’s Juvenile Justice System

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has announced that Raymond DeBolt, an attorney with more than four decades of experience in public service and juvenile matters, has been named as the next commissioner for the state Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Over the past year, DeBolt has worked as a special assistant to the commissioner, helping develop policies and procedures and representing...

Governor approves an additional $489,000 in grants to support victims, families in Marshall County

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet have approved an additional $489,000 in grant funds to support victims and families healing from the Marshall County High School shooting. “We are grateful for this additional allocation of federal funds to support the students, educators and families of Marshall County,” said Gov. Bevin. “Our hope is that these grants will be...

Officials approve more than $192,000 in grants approved for victims services in Marshall County

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet have approved more than $192,000 in grants to provide victim services in Marshall County, where students and families are recovering from January’s tragic school shooting. The funds – available through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) – are part of two separate grants approved this week by Gov. Bevin. “The senseless...

Marshall County High School gets grant for Project School Emergency Response to Violence

The United States Department of Education has announced a $138,213 Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant has been awarded to Marshall County High School.  On Jan. 23, a student opened fire at Marshall High County High School in Benton, killing two students and wounding others.  The SERV grant will assist the school system in its recovery and further student support efforts following...

Kentucky Justice Cabinet awards $900,000 in grants for alternative programs to supervise youth offenders

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Department of Juvenile Justice has announced $900,000 in grants for local programs that help supervise youth in the community, allowing Kentucky to focus secure facilities on the most serious offenders. The grants are part of a new juvenile justice incentive fund that was established this year to support community-based services, treatment programs...

Department of Juvenile Justice to award $222,000 to support in-home services programs for at-risk youth

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice announced last week that approximately $222,000 in federal funds will be available for community programs that provide in-home services for at-risk youth. The funds have been earmarked for public and private non-profit organizations and city or county governments in all of Kentucky’s seven detention catchment areas, which encompass 119 counties. They are...

Justice Cabinet creates incentive fund to provide alternatives to out-of-home placement for youth

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Department of Juvenile Justice are launching a new incentive fund for local programs that supervise youth in the community, cutting taxpayer costs and reserving secure facilities for only the most serious offenders. The move is part of a comprehensive overhaul of Kentucky’s juvenile justice system – known as Senate Bill 200 – that took effect...

Almost $2 million in Violence Against Women Act grant funds available for organizations in Kentucky

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley has announced more than $1.9 million in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. VAWA STOP funds may be used to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services throughout Kentucky in cases involving violent crimes against women. That includes domestic violence,...

Programs that provide services to victims of violent crimes can now apply for federal grants

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced that applications are now available for obtaining grants under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Programs that offer direct services to victims of violent crime may apply for the funds. The application deadline has been extended to June 2, 2017, and awards are scheduled to be announced in September. The VOCA program provides a range of services...

Kentucky Justice Cabinet receives funding for academy to train groups that assist crime victims

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has been awarded federal funds to host a State Victim Assistance Academy, which trains groups that assist crime victims. The goal of the academy is to provide fundamental, comprehensive, and academically-based education and training for victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel, and allied professionals who routinely deal...

Kentucky State Police form Critical Incident Response Team for officer-involved shootings

With increasing public interest and media attention throughout the U.S. regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement agencies, the Kentucky State Police announced the recent formation of a new unit designed to add experience, expertise, and transparency to investigations of officer-involved shootings in the Commonwealth.   “We have a responsibility to our officers and the communities we...

New website designed to assist Kentuckians to find life-saving anti-overdose medication

Kentuckians who are struggling with an opioid addiction have a new website to help them buy naloxone, a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose and offer a second chance to seek treatment. Launched Wednesday, KyStopOverdoses.ky.gov provides a map of more than 300 pharmacies across the state where people can obtain naloxone, often sold under the brand name Narcan. Visitors...

Kentucky State Police Telecommunications Academy graduates ninth class

Thirteen Kentucky State Police Telecommunicators from throughout the Commonwealth were recognized recently at graduation ceremonies for the ninth class of the agency’s in-house Telecommunications Academy. KSP Deputy Commissioner Alex Payne congratulated the graduates and noted the “critical” role they play in KSP daily operations. “You are the link between the calls for service that come in...

Powerful narcotics threaten even more fatal drug overdoses; six in Danville area spur action

“If you’re putting a needle in your arm, you’re playing Russian roulette,” because so many super-powerful narcotics such as fentanyl are in the illegal drug trade, Dr. Eric Guerrant, emergency department medical director at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, told Laura Ungar of The Courier-Journal for a story on the threat and his community’s reaction to it. The elephant...

Fentanyl-related deaths on the rise; experts say many addicts aren’t aware they’re consuming the drug

A report Tuesday from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy underscores the dangers of fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid that is leading to more overdose deaths, often because dealers mix it with heroin and sell the lethal blend to unwitting addicts. Fentanyl-related deaths have been on the rise across the country over the past year, and experts say many addicts are not aware they are consuming...

Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 26 officers from basic training

Twenty-six law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated from basic training last week at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 471 completed 22 weeks of training, which consisted of 888 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations,...