(Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she included $200,000 to support law enforcement efforts in Snohomish County in the Fiscal Year 2011 Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill that was approved today by the Senate Appropriations CJS Subcommittee. The funding will be used to upgrade computer equipment, jail management software, and wireless networks that will allow Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to better share mission-critical information and to eliminate barriers to communication caused by existing non-compatible systems.

“These investments give Snohomish County law enforcement officials the tools they need to protect our families and make our communities safer,” said Senator Murray. “Improving communication among first responders will ensure that the superb services they provide to Snohomish County residents will continue.”

“This project is a top priority for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. We’ve worked for more than two years to make this successful for everyone, and we’re proud to be one of the many partners involved in seeing this through to a successful implementation,” said Rebecca Hover, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer.