Julip 30th Alliance

GRANT SUPPORT — Julip, the 30th District Alliance’s lead animal-assisted therapy dog in front of the organization’s sign. The 30th Alliance was awarded over $2 million in grant funds.

The 30th Judicial District Alliance received more than $2 million in grants made up of state and federal dollars.

The grants, which also were divvied out to a couple of local law enforcement agencies, came from the N.C. Governor’ Crime Commission and the U.S. Justice Department.

According to a press release sent out by the 30th Alliance, its grants will help operate specialized victim programs for children witnessing violence, children and youth living in homes of addiction, and for elders, persons with disabilities and veterans with disabilities who are victims of crime and exploitation.

The Governor’s Crime Commission awarded $621,808 to alliance to assist children and youth who witness domestic violence and sexual assault, and another $424,033 to specifically address elder victims of abuse and exploitation and veterans with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of Justice is providing a $400,000 grant through the Office of Violence against Women, that will be used to enhance training and services to end abuse in later life, according to a news release. This will be a collaborative community effort.

A second grant for $700,000, through the Office of Victims of Crime will be used to enhance community responses to children and youth crime victims of the addiction crisis in Haywood County.

This is a new treatment initiative that supports the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office in its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

Lynn Carlson, supervising therapist for the Alliance, said the grant will help provide evidence-based treatment coupled with animal assisted therapy for children as they work through trauma.

“A major source of support for these programs is through WNC Pawsabilities as Leisa Young trains therapy dogs and service dogs for use in all of the Alliance Crime Commission grant programs,” the release reads.

Other COVID-related support grants were awarded to the Alliance from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Bridge Foundation and the Dogwood Health Trust.

Haywood grants

In addition to the 30th Judicial Alliance funds, the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and the Canton Police Department also benefitted from the grants.

N.C. Rep. Mike Clampitt compiled a list of the current grants given to agencies in his district that includes the following:

2019 Canton Police Department — School Safety Grant $21,258; 2019 Haywood County Sheriff’s Office — School Safety Initiative $21,345; 2020 Haywood County Sheriff’s Office — Block Grant $20,667; Haywood DV/SA 2020 — $268,618; Mental health with KARE 2020 — $103,517; 2020 Offender Services, Domestic Violence Intervention Program Expansion — $50,000.

The sheriff’s office used the $20,667 from the 2020 block grant for a number of things. While the money went toward gas mask pouches and standard weapons, it also was used for less lethal weapons and ammunition.

The $21,345 grant received in 2019 was for school safety and was used to provide seven safes for schools in the county, 55 ballistic helmets for “critical incidents/active shooter situations” and gas mask carriers.

The Canton grant for $21,258 was issued in 2019 and is about to hit the end of its cycle. Like the 2019 HCSO grant, it’s designated for school safety.

“Due to the trend in school violence increasing throughout the country, we chose to ask for funding to purchase equipment that could be issued to school resource officers and patrol officers to aid in responding to an active shooter incident at a school, and also equipment that would reduce the amount of time a school resource officer (SRO) is off school campus,” Canton Police Chief Shawn Gaddis said in a release.

The grant funds were used to purchase tourniquets and trauma first aid kits for SROs to keep on them for use during an emergency, as well as ballistic plate carriers and shields to be used by SROs and responding officers in the event of an active shooter. Gaddis noted that all officers have received training in tourniquet use, trauma care and the use of ballistic shields.

SROs will be sent to training provided by the N.C. Justice Academy on solo response to an active shooter, as well as other training, and administrative personnel have been trained in active shooter incident management, which was a Department of Homeland Security initiative, Gaddis said.

“We purchased this equipment and are training personnel to respond to a tragic event, but we hope we never have to use some of it,” he said. “The Canton Police Department and all other law enforcement agencies in Haywood County are working diligently to place well trained and equipped officers in our schools to protect one of our most valuable assets, our children.”

Gaddis complimented Capt. Zack Koonce with the Haywood County Emergency Management, who he said has worked tirelessly to bring all law enforcement, fire and medical services in our county together to work in cooperation with Haywood County Schools.

“We are all working toward developing a multi-agency response to school based critical incidents. This training and cooperation is what led to our agency applying for this grant,” he said.

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