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Carlsbad and Artesia police apply for $23K in federal money

Carlsbad’s City Council approved a federal grant application Nov.9 splitting $23,000 between the Carlsbad Police Department and the Artesia Police Department, Carlsbad Police Chief Shane Skinner said.

The Carlsbad Police Department submitted the grant application request to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) under the 2021 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program -Local Solicitation.

According to the BJA website, the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program was the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government. 

Byrne was a New York City Police officer killed in 1986 in the New York City borough of Queens during a drug case investigation, the Office of Justice Programs website indicated.

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“The case attracted widespread attention and media publicity. Ten thousand police officers attended the funeral. Byrne became the symbol of the cost of drugs to society,” the website stated.

Skinner said the goal of the JAG program focused on efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence.

He said money from the grant was available for the Eddy County, the City of Carlsbad Police Department and City of Artesia.

Carlsbad Police Chief Shane Skinner stands at attention during the 2019 Eddy County Law Enforcement Memorial May 15 in Carlsbad.

“Staff coordinated with each of the entities to establish how the funds could be distributed,” he wrote in the memo.

“Eddy County Sheriff’s Department has declined participation, Artesia Police has requested $10,131 of the funds, and the remaining $13,384 will be used by the Carlsbad Police Department,” continued Skinner’s memo.

Comments sought by the Eddy County Sheriff’s Department were not returned by press time.