City receives grants for programs

Published 9:20 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is providing the Suffolk Victim/Witness Assistance program with more than $400,000 to provide information and services to crime victims and witnesses.

The city will kick in $42,285 in addition to the $404,424 it will receive. The city’s portion of the money comes from the fiscal 2019-2020 consolidated grants fund.

The Department of Criminal Justice Services has also awarded the city a $218,460 grant for the Fifth Judicial District Community Corrections Program, which provides a number of punitive sanctions and punishments for the Circuit, General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts in the Fifth Judicial District. The CCP also estimates that it will collect $30,000 in supervision fees in the current fiscal year from defendants placed on probation, and anticipates receiving $37,769 from the city of Franklin, as well as Isle of Wight and Southampton counties.

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The city is providing $129,940 from the fiscal 2019-2020 consolidated grants fund for the program.

The Suffolk Police Department will also receive forensic cameras and lab equipment thanks to a $41,035 Byrne/JAG Equipment Grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The city also has received a $4,500 Creative Communities Partnership Grant award from the Virginia Commission for the Arts to support local arts and cultural activities through the Suffolk Fine Arts Commission.

The council approved the receipt of the grants at its July 17 meeting.