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May 11, 2017
Governor awards grants to equip River Region law enforcement

MONTGOMERY—Three River Region law enforcement agencies will purchase new and needed equipment with help from grants totaling $38,259 awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey.

A $20,787 grant to the Montgomery County Commission will enable the purchase of radios and ballistic vests for investigators with the county’s District Attorney’s Office.

The city of Tallassee will use a $10,260 grant to purchase police body cameras and new body armor. The cameras will record interactions between police officers and the public and be archived for use as potential evidence in court cases.

With a $7,211 grant, the town of Eclectic will obtain ballistic vests to protect officers and devices that subdue suspects with less-than-lethal force.

“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every time they are on duty protecting our communities,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to assist Montgomery County, Tallassee and Eclectic in purchasing this equipment that will help their officers and investigators perform their duties safely and efficiently.”

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

“These grants are a continuation of ADECA’s partnership with Montgomery County, Tallassee, Eclectic and other law enforcement agencies across Alabama,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. "ADECA supports law enforcement officers because they make our communities stronger by keeping Alabama citizens safe. These grants will help improve the daily mission of police officers.”

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

Contact: Mike Presley or Jennifer Ardis Elmore

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