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February 8, 2017
Gov. Bentley awards nearly $470,000 in grants to help 41 Alabama law enforcement agencies obtain new equipment

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded grants totaling $466,944 to help purchase equipment for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and 40 police departments and sheriff offices across Alabama.

The grants will purchase a range of equipment from bulletproof vests and weapons to computers and body cameras.

“Police officers and sheriff’s deputies have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and they put their lives on the line every day to protect residents,” Bentley said. “I am pleased to help these law enforcement agencies purchase the equipment they need to make their jobs safer as they work to protect us on our streets and in our neighborhoods.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program.

“The men and women of Alabama’s law enforcement community deserve our gratitude for putting their lives on the line each and every day to keep our families and communities safe,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “ADECA’s partnership with ALEA as well as police and sheriff’s departments across our state helps them purchase new and needed equipment to accomplish their mission more efficiently and effectively.”

Below is a list of the grants, the recipients and what the grants are being used to purchase:

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency:

• $110,000 to replace outdated or incompatible equipment used by agents of the State Bureau of Investigation’s Narcotics Unit, which assists with drug investigations in all 67 Alabama counties. The funds also will help cover overtime expenses for officers conducting investigations

• $35,000 to purchase and install new mobile printers in patrol vehicles

North Alabama

• Albertville - $9,000 for mobile cameras

• Arab - $9,000 for vehicle video cameras

• Attalla - $9,000 for laptop computers

• Cherokee County - $9,000 for patrol cars

• Collinsville - $1,211 for mobile command center

• Guntersville - $9,000 for radar detectors

• Irondale- $8,985 for laptop computers

• Jasper- $9,000 for protective helmets

• Leeds- $8,942 for body cameras and Tasers

• Muscle Shoals - $9,000 for an all-terrain vehicle

• Russellville- $9,000 for Taser guns

• Scottsboro- $8,800 for Taser guns

• Sheffield - $9,000 for Taser guns

• Sulligent - $3,520 for Taser guns and protective body armor

• Weaver - $4,002 for thermal image detectors

• Winston County - $5,600 for protective body armor

Central Alabama

• Alabaster - $8,681 for training weapons to be used by officers in critical defense situations using live fire simulation

• Alexander City - $8,778 for new body cameras

• Autauga County - $15,122 for headset mics and patrol car light boxes for a Traffic Control/Rapid Response trailer and electronic ticketing systems for deputies

• Bibb County - $1,250 for three Glock 42 handguns

• Demopolis - $12,906 for a Telescope Camera System for its Police Mobile Command Post and new laptop computers for patrol vehicles

• Eutaw - $9,000 for laptops for patrol vehicles to be used in report and/or ticket writing as well as driver/motor vehicle inquiries

• Greenville - $8,580 for patrol rifles for officers to use in response to active-shooter situations

• Lanett - $9,000 for upgrades to the city Police Department’s video servers to allow more space for video files from in-car and body cameras and to provide backup files from various other systems

• Lowndes County - $5,578 to purchase smart weapons systems that use less-than-lethal force to subdue suspects

• Millbrook - $9,000 for new computers, speed measuring devices and breath testers for its patrol officers

• Montgomery County - $9,000 for a “smartboard” telecommunication device that allows instant, in-field updates for first responders

• Prattville - $9,000 for new laptops for police patrol vehicles

• Randolph County - $9,000 for a new K-9 and narcotics/tracking training for the dog and handling officer

• Roanoke - $2,084 for new bulletproof vest carriers

• Sylacauga - $4,768 for new digital radar units for police patrol vehicles

• Valley - $14,768 for improved ballistic armor and new Tasers for police officers

South Alabama

• Atmore - $9,000 for stun gun equipment

• Brewton - $9,000 for stun gun equipment

• Elberta - $932 for a Taser

• Evergreen - $16,342 for guns, ammunition, simulation guns used for training exercises, and equiping, training and implementing a Special Response Team for situations that fall outside of normal patrol duties

• Flomaton - $4, 051 for body cameras

• Monroeville - $9,000 for service weapons

• Ozark - $9,000 for digital cameras, evidence collection equipment, body cameras and a covert tracking system to assist in crime scene investigations and drug investigations

• Slocomb - $6,000 for tablet computers for officers to use in patrol vehicles

ADECA administers a wide range of grant programs that support law enforcement, victim services, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation.

Contact: Mike Presley or Jennifer Ardis Elmore

For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/