The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a total of $181,175 to East St. Louis for personnel and Belleville for laptops.
The federal agency awarded the two cities a joint Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.
East St. Louis will get $152,296 to pay for the salary for two employees for 12 months. The city will use the grant toward a police officer and a community programs director.
Belleville will get $28,879 to buy laptops that will be installed in police squad cars.
Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said the department will buy as many new laptops as possible with the grant. He estimated the grant could pay for about six laptops and the new equipment could be installed in the next two months.
The Belleville Police Department got its first mobile data terminals, about 16, in 2005 and some of the laptops are still in use, Sax said. And, in past years, Belleville has used the grant to buy squad car cameras.