The state police is getting two million dollars from the feds. Some of that money will go toward paying overtime for testing rape kits. Some of it will help fight a growing methamphetamine problem. And some of it will go toward a new patrol boat for the Port of Sault Ste. Marie.
Nancy Bennett is with the state police.
“This allows us to do things that might be outside of our budget. And it really – they use them as incentives for getting projects started. If you have grant funding and things work really well then the agency is much more likely to incorporate that into their regular operating business.”
One of the grants will be used to fight methamphetamine production and use in the state.
Matt Opsommer is with the Michigan State Police. He said the grant is especially important in southwest Michigan.
“While heroin is, and rightly so, getting a lot of attention nationally as well as here in Michigan – heroin and opioids. We’re also seeing a comeback of sorts of methamphetamine.”
The grants are called home visitation grants. They were awarded to 15 intermediate school districts.
Bill DiSessa is the spokesperson for the Michigan department of Education.
He said the grants will help young children get extra attention to prepare them for school.
“ We’re talking about young children before they get into the K-12 system. To get them an early head start if you will on learning. And with research showing the positive result that can come at that- at such an early start. “
DiSessa said grants have been awarded in districts including Saginaw and Ingham county.
The funding is expected to help 600 families prepare kids for school.
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