Local efforts to fight crime in Lima and across Ohio are receiving a boost from the state budget, part of an aid package lawmakers approved to support law enforcement and improve public safety.
Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) announced today the State Controlling Board has approved the release of $4 million to assist local communities in reducing and preventing crime through the use of promising or proven crime reduction strategies.
The funding can be used for overtime, equipment, technical assistance and analytical support.
The Lima Police Department will receive $75,425 to support local anti-crime efforts.
“Safe streets and neighborhoods are not only a public safety issue but a quality of life issue,” Cupp said. “That’s important to all Ohioans.”
Cupp said cracking down on crime and supporting law enforcement have been a top priority of the legislature.
In addition to crime prevention funding, the state budget approved by the Ohio General Assembly included $15 million for law enforcement training, $10 million for body-worn cameras for law enforcement, $2 million for investigations on sexual assault testing results and related expenses, and $26 million to fight illegal drugs.
Late last year, lawmakers also approved $250 million for state and local initiatives to fight crime and support law enforcement and first responders.