BLUEFIELD — A large federal grant will allow a local police department to purchase new radar equipment, West Virginia’s representatives in Washington, D.C. said Tuesday.

U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va,. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. announced that the Bluefield Police Department has received a grant of more than $22,000 from the U.S. Justice Department.

The $22,237 Byrne JAG grant will be used to buy new radar units for the police department.

“The Byrne JAG program allows local law enforcement to buy equipment to improve public safety and address their department’s specific needs. Since coming to Congress, I have fought successfully to secure increased funding for Byrne JAG grants, as I know this program works in West Virginia,” Jenkins said. “I offer my congratulations to the Bluefield Police Department and will continue to work to make sure our police departments have the resources they need to serve our communities.”

The grant was among a total of $204,183 in federal funds that will enable law enforcement agencies to buy needed resources and equipment. Agencies in Charleston, Monongalia County and Putnam County received grants for firearms and holsters, a patrol vehicle, an evidence drying locker and other equipment.

“It is critical that we equip our law enforcement agencies with the tools necessary to protect our communities,” Capito stated. “Each day, law enforcement officers risk their lives to keep us safe, and these federal crime-fighting grants will ensure they have the support and resources needed to do their jobs effectively. This is an important investment in our communities and the courageous men and women who keep us safe.”

 “Crime has a devastating impact on our families, our communities and our state, and these grants give our dedicated West Virginia law enforcement officers more tools to help reduce crime,” Manchin said. “This funding will enable police officers and other law enforcement officials to better protect our residents and communities across West Virginia. Our first responders work every day to keep our communities safe, and we owe it to them to make sure they get the necessary resources to make that possible.”