Governor Rick Snyder announced last week that criminal justice agencies across the state will receive over $6 million in federal grants to strengthen anti-drug and crime fighting efforts.

The funding comes from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program and the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program, both of which awarded to the State of Michigan earlier this year.

“The protection and safety of Michiganders is a top priority and these grants will go a long way toward combating drug abuse and violence across the state,” Snyder said. “This funding will help build stronger communities through increased prevention, enforcement and treatment efforts.”

Byrne JAG funds support all aspects of the criminal justice system, and this year’s awards focus on multijurisdictional drug task forces, priority population drug courts, juvenile-focused community policing, indigent defense, prosecutorial efforts and justice information sharing.

RSAT funds support the development and implementation of residential substance abuse treatment programs in correctional facilities.

Agencies receiving funding have until Sept. 30, 2017, to spend their awards. A complete list of awarded programs is available at www.michigan.gov/cjgrants.

Byrne grants are named in honor of New York City Police Department Officer Edward Byrne. Byrne was fatally shot by drug traffickers in 1988, while on assignment protecting a witness in a drug case.