PETERSBURG — Public safety has been given a small boost in Petersburg with a receipt of nearly $100,000 from the Department of Justice.

United States Attorneys G. Zachary Terwilliger and Thomas T. Cullen announced Friday that the Commonwealth of Virginia has been awarded over $10.8 million in DOJ grants to respond to the public safety challenges posed by COVID-19. Petersburg’s share of that is $98,689.

The Justice Department said it is moving quickly to award the remainder of those funds across the state.

“Those on the front lines of the public safety response to the coronavirus have our support, gratitude, and utmost respect,” said Terwilliger. “The Department of Justice provides this funding with significant flexibility, so that state and local departments can use it in the ways that best benefit their officers and their community.”

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program allows recipients to use these grants for almost anything they need, like overtime pay for employees, all kinds of equipment, hiring, training or any other immediate necessities.

Public Safety Director Kenneth Miller said that he and his staff need to be frugal with this awarded grant funding, and are yet to assign it to a specific cost area.

“Its a great opportunity, we’re excited, but we have to sit down, look at it and make sure that we’re doing the right things in the areas where we need to get things done,” Miller said.

Sean Jones can be reached at 804-722-5172 or On Twitter: @SeanJones_PI