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DeWine announces money for grant program from federal package opposed by GOP

Gov. Mike DeWine (left) talks with Whitehall Police Chief Mike Crispen and Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard after the event announcing the ARPA funds going to the Violent Crime Reduction Grant program.
Karen Kasler
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Statehouse News Bureau
Gov. Mike DeWine (left) talks with Whitehall Police Chief Mike Crispen and Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard after the event announcing the ARPA funds going to the Violent Crime Reduction Grant program.

The state of Ohio is putting $42 million in additional funds toward local efforts to reduce crime in a program started last year.

The money comes from a federal package that all Republicans opposed in Congress, but many up for re-election this year are campaigning on the plan.

The money increases the Violent Crime Reduction Grant program, which was set up last year, to a total of $100 million. And it comes from the American Rescue Plan Act, which all 12 Republican Ohio congressmen voted against, along with every other Republican in Congress.

But Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, said with crime rates spiking after COVID-19, the money is needed.

“If they’re ARPA dollars, which these particular dollars were, then we have to qualify the dollars based on what the federal government is telling us. And that means there has to be some nexus to the pandemic in this case," DeWine said.

The money can be used for law enforcement recruitment and retention, hiring bonuses, overtime, technology and equipment.

In Whitehall near Columbus, where the announcement was made, $630,000 will go to replacing aging technology in the police dispatch center.

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Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.