Rep. Soto Announces $360K DOJ Grant for Osceola County Law Enforcement

September 26, 2019
Press Release
Federal grants fund the Body Worn Camera Program and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance

Kissimmee, FL  Today, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) announced that Osceola County will receive approximately $360,000 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Justice to support initiatives that improve the criminal justice system through the Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program.

Rep. Darren Soto stated: “These federal grants are critical for our community as they help with increasing officers and citizens safety. More specifically, these funds will be used for technology and additional resources to promote transparency, accountability, and help strengthen trust and civility between officers and the public.  We’re proud to work with Osceola County Sherriff’s office to continue improving the lives of Central Floridians.”

Sheriff Russ H. Gibson of Osceola County stated, “I am proud to work very closely with Congressman Darren Soto, our other federal partners, and our Board of County Commissioners to obtain federal grant monies to help offset the cost of finishing the implementation of our Body Worn Camera Systems, as well as other programs essential to the safety and wellbeing of the residents of Osceola County!”

The Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation program will assist the local law enforcement agencies in developing, implementing, and assessing body cameras as a tool in a law enforcement agency’s comprehensive problem-solving approach to increase the value of their digital footage. Osceola County received $300,000 for Fiscal Year 2019. More information available through the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Osceola County will also receive a $58,925 grant for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance. These federal funds allows support of a broad range of activities, such as training, personnel, and information systems for criminal justice, to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. More information available here.