October 31, 2020
Aguilar Announces $762,657 for Inland Empire Public Safety
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $762,657 for Inland Empire law enforcement agencies. The funding comes from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) and is a combination of new funding for 2020 and funding from 2017-2019 that the Trump Administration had previously withheld from the region. The grants will be received by cities throughout the 31st District in the following amounts:
San Bernardino: $184,334
Rancho Cucamonga: $78,674
“This funding helps our local law enforcement agencies modernize their operations and upgrade equipment to ensure the safety of our officers and the cities they serve. I’ll continue supporting funding for our region to increase public safety and make sure our first responders have the resources they need to serve the community,” said Rep. Aguilar.
“The San Bernardino Police Department uses grant funding to support crime prevention and public safety operations. The JAG will be used to support the department’s crime prevention efforts by allowing the department to purchase additional equipment and vehicles,” said San Bernardino Interim Chief of Police Eric McBride.
“The Justice Assistance Grants from fiscal years 2017 through 2020 will allow the Redlands Police Department to address several unfunded priorities to improve its ability to serve the community effectively. The grants will fund the complete replacement of the department’s aging digital recorders, improve the downtown camera program, enhance the security of the property and evidence room, and fund the purchase of crowd control barriers and related equipment to ensure public safety at demonstrations and protests. This additional funding is instrumental in enhancing our ability to provide the highest quality service to our community,” said Redlands Chief of Police Chris Catren.
“On behalf of the City of Rialto, we’re happy to be a recipient of the Justice Assistance Grant. During the period of dealing with unfortunate outcomes due to COVID, the grant will definitely help in our efforts to deter crime, provide an additional layer of public safety to our community, as well as our public safety personnel. I appreciate the ongoing representation Congressmember Aguilar provides for our constituents, and the entire 31st Congressional District,” said Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson.
“As the Mayor of Upland, I have seen firsthand how beneficial the Justice Assistance Grant program is to our community. The resources received from the JAG program provide our police department with the additional support and equipment they need in order to deliver the higher level of service that the residents and business owners of Upland deserve,” said Upland Mayor Debbie Stone.
Rep. Aguilar serves as Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating funding to federal agencies and programs like JAG.