DeWine devoting $250 million to funds for police and first responders

The Governor’s plan would devote $250 million to local and state law enforcement and first responders
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 11:34 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine announced a proposal to devote $250 million to Ohio agencies that serve and protect during a press conference on Monday.

State and local law enforcement efforts would receive $175 million and $75 million would go toward resilience recovery and recruitment of Ohio’s first responders.

“We support in the state of Ohio our law enforcement and first responders. We recognize the critical role they play in creating safe communities. By creating safe communities, we create prosperous communities,” says Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn.

According to DeWine, this money would come from funding out of the American Rescue Plan Act.

“That is a substantial amount of money and investing in safety services is a key area to be able to move our communities forward,” Muryn said. “Giving our officers and first responders the tools that they need to be able to respond, the training that they also need to be able to respond and also care for themselves.”

At the news conference, DeWine also discussed how some of the funding would go toward resources to help first responders’ mental health needs.

Private Sterling Rahe with the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department said firefighting is a tough job that can be mentally draining.

“The mental wear and tear is high and there are things we address internally, but if we can get more support at the state level with grant funding to help us expand, that we would definitely be excited about that as well,” says Rahe.

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