Oklahoma awarded criminal justice grants

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The U.S. Department of Justice awarded nearly $73 million in grants to the state of Oklahoma to help the state with criminal justice activities.

Most of the money went to law enforcement, officials said in a news release on Tuesday. More than $30.35 million went to hiring and training police officers, training emergency first responders and purchasing equipment.

Counterterrorism efforts received $18.12 million, while $9.07 million was allotted for substance abuse and $8.24 million went to juvenile justice, officials said.

The state also received $5.62 million for compensation and assistance for crime victims and to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

Oklahoma's portion was part of $5.47 billion awarded across the country in fiscal year 2002.