CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) — Governor Mike DeWine paid a visit to the Farmer’s Bank in Cortland to continue his Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program.

Cortland, Boardman, and Warren Police and the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force were there.

To date, this program has awarded $37.2 million in funding to 119 Ohio Law Enforcement agencies across Ohio including $3.1 million to 12 agencies in the Mahoning Valley counties of Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana.

The program is funded through both the state operating budget and American Rescue Plan Act.

Funds will go to counter various pressing issues heightened by the pandemic, including violent crime and human trafficking.

“Mahoning Valley has its same challenges that other parts of Ohio do. We’re seeing more violent crime, we’re seeing more police officers retire. So this money will help these departments it will also help them go after human trafficking,” said DeWine.

Warren, Cortland and Boardman counties received a combined total of around $960,00 in grant money.

DeWine said this grant money will not only help eliminate violent crime but show support to law enforcement.