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May 11, 2017
Gov. Ivey awards grant to Andalusia to updgrade police equipment

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $4,755 in grants to improve public safety and protect residents in the town of Andalusia.

The two grants will enable the Police Department to purchase several new stun guns which temporarily incapacitate fleeing or dangerous persons, allowing officers to safely restrain them.

“If we expect our law enforcement officers to carry out their duties protecting our communities, the least we can do is provide them the essential equipment to perform their jobs,” Ivey said. “I am proud of our men and women who wear police uniforms and I am pleased to provide these funds to help them perform their duties safely and effectively.”

Police officials said the equipment is part of the department’s plans to incorporate the stun gun methodology into the police force. Officers will undergo specific training and departmental policy will be written to include when and how to use them.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department.

“ADECA is involved with so many partnerships that benefit Alabamians and make our state a better place to live,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “This partnership with the city of Andalusia will give police officers access to equipment that provides another means to subdue uncooperative suspects.”

ADECA has awarded numerous grants to law enforcement agencies to purchase equipment those local agencies deem more essential to their needs. It administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

Ivey notified Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson that she had approved the grants.


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