AUSTIN – The office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, awarded the City of San Diego and its Police Department, a DJ-Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to purchase new police vehicles.

EMC Strategy Group, LLC, submitted the grant on behalf of the City of San Diego last February. The grant will provide the city $67,376 to be used for the purchase of two new fully equipped 2018 Dodge Chargers.

The JAG program provides financial assistance for local police departments for day-to-day operations and equipment. The grant is administered through the Coastal Bend Council of Governments (COG), and the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division.

SDPD has been extremely challenged because of the lack of active police vehicles. In fact, there have been numerous times throughout the year where the city had only one working police vehicle, which was being used 24 hours a day.

San Diego, through its consulting firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, has been actively pursuing state and federal grants to help compensate with his limited budget. Like many cities in the Eagle Ford Shale, San Diego has been hit hard with the dwindling sales tax revenue from fewer traffic from oil and fracking company personnel.

“My officers and I are extremely appreciative to have been awarded this grant, especially with our limited budget,” said San Diego Police Chief Richard Nava.

San Diego Mayor Sally Lichtenberger, Chief Nava and EMC’s Ernie Gonzalez testified last spring before the Public Safety Committee at the Coastal Bend Council of Governments in Corpus Christi and received the highest rating among several other cities and counties.

“On behalf of the City Council and the citizens of San Diego, I am want to thank the Office of Governor Greg Abbott, the COG, EMC Strategy Group, and Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez, who really supported our efforts to get our fair share of public safety funding,” Lichtenberger said.

This is the third grant that EMC Strategy Group has secured on behalf of the City of San Diego in the last 120 days. EMC serves as the Business and Economic Development and Government Relations Consultants for the City of San Diego.

“We are pleased that the mayor and city council continue to support our efforts to bring state and federal resources to support the City of San Diego,” said EMC Owner and Founder Janice Gonzalez. “We have an outstanding working relationship with the city director and city staff and we hope to continue our work for San Diego now and in the future.” 

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