Merced, Atwater and Los Banos are recipients of nearly $100,000 in federal crime-fighting grants, Congressman Dennis Cardoza announced Tuesday in a press release.
The awards were provided through the Justice Department's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
Merced police received $66,297 for high quality digital cameras for its crime scene response team, robotic digital cameras for its SWAT Team and digital recorders and software for officers. Of those funds, $7,797 will go towards the department's Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (GREAT) for gang prevention and leadership development of middle school students.
Atwater received $12,889 for equipment, and Los Banos got $20,804 for the purchase of digital and dictation software, as well as training.