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February 14, 2020
Governor awards grants for law enforcement equipment in north-central Alabama
MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $138,851 to help six law enforcement offices in north-central Alabama purchase needed equipment. 
“Police officers and sheriffs’ deputies should have the most up-to-date equipment to make their job of serving and protecting the public as effective and safe as possible,” Gov. Ivey said. “The officers and deputies of these six offices work diligently every day to protect residents so I am pleased to be able to provide funds that will also be used to protect them.” 

The town of Snead is using $23,490 in funds to update and modernize the Snead Police Department’s equipment including handguns with tactical lights and holsters, simulation training handguns, new laptops with docking stations for patrol vehicles, in-car camera systems, patrol vehicle radios, a thermal imaging monocular and a new evidence tracking system. 

A $23,682 grant to the city of Cordova will help purchase body armor, stun guns, computers and surveillance equipment to support the Cordova Police Department and the Cordova Public Safety and Opioid Crisis Initiative. 

The town of Oakman is using $20,786 in funds to purchase new police equipment including handheld radios, radar systems for patrol vehicles, stun guns, body armor, patrol rifles and shotguns, computers with mounts and emergency lights for vehicles.

With $23,075 in grant funds, the town of Arley will update the Police Department’s uniforms, handheld radios, thermal imaging devices, stun guns with cartridges and batteries, emergency lighting for patrol vehicles, body armor, medical kits, flashlights, handcuffs, portable breath tests and handguns and shotguns with ammunition. 

A $24,000 grant will help the town of Oneonta purchase an all-terrain vehicle for multi-department use as well as new radar units, breath tests and tire deflation strips for the Police Department. 

The Franklin County Commission is using $23,817 in grant funding to purchase new body cameras and a five-year coverage plan for the cameras and software for the Sheriff’s Department. 

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA manages a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, recreation, energy conservation and water resources management.

“ADECA shares Gov. Ivey’s support of these officers and deputies who put their lives on the line daily for the residents of these cities, towns and counties,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “With these grants, each local agency will be able to provide even better protection for both residents and officers.”
Contact: Russell Sellers, Mike Presley 

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