Thursday, October 6, 2011

Starr Co. Crime Unit Receives Assistance Grant Money

AUSTIN – State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Starr) today announced that the Starr County Violent Crime Unit (SCVCU) is the recipient of a grant totaling $509,873 that will enhance the unit's continued efforts to protect Starr County families.

"For the county to continue toward economic progress, our communities must be safe and our law enforcement officials must possess the resources necessary to protect our families from harm," said Rep. Guillen. "This grant will provide the Starr County Violent Crime Unit with the ability to better serve county residents. Increased public safety paves the way for increased economic opportunity."

The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, received by the SCVCU, is annually awarded to local law enforcement agencies as well as crime control and prevention districts to help them address violent crimes in their communities, particularly in the areas of drug enforcement and criminal enterprise.

In total, the counties of Starr, Hidalgo, Duval, Webb, and Zapata were awarded more than $1.3 million in Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds this September. The other grant recipients include the Duval County Central South Texas Criminal Investigative Unit, Hidalgo County's DWI Court, Webb County's 406th District Court Drug Court program, and Zapata County's Operation Border Star project.

The Criminal Justice Division's (CJD) mission is to create and support programs that protect people from crime, reduce the number of crimes committed, and to promote accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness within the criminal justice system. CJD focuses on the enhancement of Texas' capacity to prevent crime, provide service and treatment options, enforce laws, train staff and volunteers, and the restoration of crime victims to full physical, emotional and mental health.

For more information on the Criminal Justice Division and Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, please visit

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