(10/08/13) - More money is on its way to Saginaw to help fight crime.
Gov. Rick Snyder just announced Michigan will get $6 million in federal grant money.
Saginaw's share of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistant Grant - or JAG - is just more than $209,000. That money will go directly to the Saginaw County prosecutor's office.
Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Boyd says it will support two assistant prosecutors and a law clerk.
The JAG money, and matching dollars from the county, pay their salaries.
Those employees work directly with the Major Crimes Task Force. It was created in July of 2012. It's a collaborative effort between Michigan State Police, Saginaw Police, the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department and the prosecutor's office.
The group focuses on investigating, solving and prosecuting major crimes such as murder, robbery and sexual assaults.
Without the JAG money, which the prosecutor's office also secured last year, they would have had to try to find money to pay for those workers elsewhere - which would not have been easy.
Boyd and State Representative Stacy Erwin Oakes believe the grant money and the task force are vital.
"I also think the fact that there has been some collaborative efforts to work together with the sheriff's department, local city and state, I'm sure also was appealing to see that these funds would be used in the best way possible," Erwin Oakes said.
"It means that the right hand knows what the left hand is doing. It also means that the various agencies are not duplicating efforts," Boyd said.
The grant money has to be used by the end of next September.
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