Grants Help Uphold The Law

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has gone outside the county to get extra funding for law enforcement. The department has received $268,555 in federal and state grants this year to supplement law enforcement efforts from seat belt and child restraint enforcement to drug enforcement, county records show.

``These grants help us tremendously,'' Sheriff Mike Byrd said. ``It benefits everyone, because these grants enable us to better enforce DUI laws and reduce narcotics trafficking in the county and improve safety in the county.'' The grants provide money for equipment and deputy overtime.

While some of the grants require a local match, the cost to the county has been just $2,362.