Howard County has been awarded more than $52,000 in federal grant money earmarked for violent crime reduction and other public safety activities.
The U.S. Department of Justice grant is part of $6.3 million provided to the state and individual counties and cities in Maryland.
Howard County's $52,520 share will be used for extra crime patrols and traffic enforcement, as well as for interpreter training and training in operating an emergency vehicle. The money will also pay for a contingent traffic analyst, according to a statement released by Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.
The grant funding is based on a formula of population and violent crime statistics.
Baltimore County was awared $360,238; Baltimore City received $762,900 and Prince George's County received $432,311. Other counties and municipalities across the state received grant money as well.