Texas grant program boosts rural law enforcement
(KTEN) — A new Texas law is giving a financial boost to sheriff's departments in smaller counties.
Senate Bill 22, authored by state Sen. Drew Springer (R-District 30) was signed into law and became effective in September. It creates a grant program for rural departments.
Counties have started applying for funding based on size. The grant dollars go toward raises and new equipment.
Fannin County deputies are expected to see a $10,000 increase in pay as a result of the funding.
"We're going to see much better coverage and it's not only for the folks who live there," Springer said. "Texans from all over, when they travel throughout the state, want to know that there is a proper level of policing going on, so they know that they are safe."
Qualifying counties have the ability to apply for the grant funding each fiscal year.