Grants to help MSP review sexual assault kits, curb meth abuse

Posted at 12:23 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 12:23:01-04

The Michigan State Police will be able to fund overtime work to review sexual assault evidence kits, and enhance their capabilities in responding to the increasing production and abuse of methamphetamines with federal grants it secured.

The MSP received more than $2 million in federal public safety grants. With the grants the department secured, they will also be able to purchase a new patrol boat to enhance port security.

“The staff of our Grants and Community Services Division works tirelessly to identify and secure federal funding like this which helps to improve safety statewide,” said Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. “It is a very competitive process and their hard work has paid off again. We look forward to implementing these programs and are pleased to be able to partner with others who share our same goals.”

The grants include:

Bureau of Justice Assistance, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: $999,979

This award includes funding for overtime for the MSP Forensic Science Division and the Biometrics and Identification Division to conduct technical reviews of sexual assault kits. It also includes funding for our partners at the local level to conduct research, in addition to conducting investigations stemming from the testing of sexual assault kits that were part of last year’s statewide inventory initiative.

Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Anti-Methamphetamine Program: $920,880

This award will allow the MSP to enhance its response to the increasing production and abuse of methamphetamine. The grant will fund three positions to support investigators, provide overtime for multijurisdictional drug teams and provide training supplies to conduct methamphetamine basic safety schools for law enforcement.

Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Port Security Grant Program: $278,318

This grant award will allow the MSP to purchase a new patrol/response boat to enhance port security at the Port of Sault Ste. Marie to be used by the MSP Marine Services Team. The grant requires a 25 percent match.