Jacksonville is one of 15 local law enforcement agencies which will be receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to enhance the municipality’s efforts to protect families and the community.

The city will receive $20,079 for equipment, which will help reduce the number of car accidents and aggressive driving.

This is part of the nearly $850,000 coming from from the U.S. Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance’s Grant Program.

"During my time as Arkansas Attorney General, I saw first-hand how important it is for law enforcement to have tools to protect themselves while fighting crime in the state," U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor said. "These grants will allow our local law enforcement agencies to better equip and train their officers and keep our families safe."

"Equipping our law enforcement officers with the tools they need and preparing them with appropriate training to protect our communities is important to the safety of Arkansas families," U.S. Sen. John Boozman said. "These grants are a great investment in our first responders which will enable them to better protect themselves and our citizens."

Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, added, "These resources will help law enforcement officers better protect our communities and keep our children safe," said Griffin.

Lonoke County will also receive $11,952 to purchase computers.