U.S. Department of Justice awards $650k to local law enforcement response efforts
BATON ROUGE – Congressman Garret Graves announced that the U.S. Department of Justice awarded $650,000 to local law enforcement officials following Sunday's shooting ambush.
The shooting ambush left three officers dead and another three injured. One currently remains in the hospital in critical condition.
"We are grateful for these much needed resources just days into what will be a long recovery and healing process for our community, but this is just a start," Graves said.
Graves said that more money is needed for a full recovery to all law enforcement agencies.
"Total cost of responding to these shootings could reach $3-5 million – costs incurred by Baton Rouge City Police, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office, Louisiana State Police and the many law enforcement agencies that have sent officers from across the state, along with other first responders who have played essential roles," Graves said.
According to Graves, his office will continue to work to get more federal assistance in the process of recovery.
We'll continue working with the US Department of Justice to ensure that these increased costs are not at the expense of future training, weapons and other capabilities our officers will need to continue to enforce the law, protect our citizens and promote the well-being of all members of our community," Graves said.