Battle Creek area law enforcement agencies are set to receive a large grant to help fight discrimination among other things.

On the consent agenda for the Battle Creek City Commission’s meeting Tuesday night was a resolution that authorized the City Manager to accept an award from the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program; the grant will give almost $23,000 to the Battle Creek Police Department, and almost $19,000 to Calhoun County's law enforcement agencies.

The funds total up to $41,545, and are for the 2018-2021 fiscal years. The City of Battle Creek executed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office for the grant, and under the MOU the City will manage the program and its funds.

The money will be used in many fields by the BCPD, including:

  • Anti-discrimination
  • Community Based Programs
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Officer Safety/Wellness
  • Mental health
  • Mentoring

The JAG grant program provides federal funding for local and state criminal justice efforts. It is a program of the US Department of Justice.