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Attorney General Gives $33 Million to Police Departments

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Law enforcement agencies across the state will now have new equipment to help keep you safe.

The Attorney General awarded a total of $33 million to police departments and sheriff's offices for everything from bulletproof vests to new training facilities.

With a packed room of law enforcement from around the state, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli handed out checks totaling $33 million from a criminal settlement that the state won.

And in an uncommon move, each locality was given the power to decide how they could best use the money.

"We were overwhelmed," says New Kent Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe McLaughlin. "Routinely the awards come and they tell you how to spend it…where to spend it…and we thought it was great to have the opportunity to spend it in ways we saw fit to better benefit our communities."

The New Kent Sheriff's Office was given close to $17,000. With that they'll purchase new polygraph equipment and a multi-channel radio system that can be used in several counties.

Hanover was given over $577,000. With that, they'll help to take school safety to the next level.

"When we looked at our schools and we looked at the tragedies that have happened across the nation, we felt very confident on where we wanted to put that money was to the safety of our children," says Hanover Sheriff's Office Sheriff David R. Hines.

And one of the largest sums of money was given to VCU's police department - over $2 million – that will allow them to build a regional training facility.

"In the field of campus law enforcement, we have unique and special challenges that we deal with on a daily basis," says VCU Police Chief John Venuti. "Some of those issues include mental health issues and the extraordinary need and expectation of parents to keep their children safe each and every day."

To see the full breakdown of the money and how it's being spent in your area, go to:



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