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BREAKING: 4pm 6-19-08 Sen. David Vitter Secures $800K Funding for Northwest La. Projects
Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 2:11pm

WASHINGTON, DC (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING 4pm 6-19-08  $800,000 in funds for Northwest Louisiana were secured today by Sen. David Vitter in the Senate’s Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill.

$200,000 funding in the bill is directed to equip the Northwest Louisiana Sexual Predator Task Force, to train law enforcement officials on techniques designed to crack down on Internet Sexual Predators. 

The task force is a coalition encompassing local sheriff’s offices, police departments, district attorneys and the Louisiana State Police, in addition to U.S. Marshalls, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  

“Internet sexual predators are a serious problem for law enforcement agencies,” Vitter said.  “This brand of criminal represents a grave threat to the safety of our children.  As law enforcement agencies are given the tools and resources they need to more effectively work together, they can crack down on these individuals and better protect our children.”

$500,000 of the funds were also included to facilitate security improvements at Centenary College’s campus in Shreveport.  These funds are provided to the university police department to upgrade their existing equipment, allowing them to communicate with surrounding law enforcement agencies in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. 

“These funds will help increase security on campus and will allow campus police to remain in contact with other law enforcement agencies during a natural disaster or an emergency,” Vitter said.

Vitter also secured $100,000 for a Community Renewal International (CRI) program that will fund the planning and development of programs designed to promote neighborhood emergency preparedness.  These programs encourage neighbors together to better their local communities.

“Any program that brings people together and encourages them to work as a community is a good thing,” said Vitter.  “The CRI program does just that, and will help enable Louisianans join together in times of crisis.”

The bill will now go the Senate floor for consideration.


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