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February 18, 2020
Governor awards grants for law enforcement equipment, K9 unit in west-central Alabama
MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $90,386 to help law enforcement offices in three municipalities obtain new or update existing equipment.  

“Having updated or new equipment can help police and sheriff’s deputies work more efficiently and effectively in the field,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am pleased to assist these departments in their efforts to be as up to date as possible and to keep residents safe.” 

The city of Hueytown is using $23,520 in funds to purchase new traffic cameras, laptops and radar units and signs. These items will aid in traffic safety enforcement as well as investigations. 

Pickens County is using $20,255 in funds to purchase new fingerprinting equipment that will allow the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department to more easily submit fingerprint data to local, state and federal agencies. 

The city of Northport in Tuscaloosa County is using $23,171 in funds to purchase new printers, laptops and a computer voice stress analyzer, which will help improve criminal investigations.

With $23,440 in grant funds, the city of Vernon in Lamar County will add a new canine unit. The new unit will work to reduce the amount of illegal drug activity in the city through a variety of methods including traffic safety checkpoints. 

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, water resources management and career development.

“Gov. Ivey and I support these officers and deputies who work to serve and protect the people of their cities and counties every day,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “These grants will assist them in their efforts and make their jobs easier and communities safer.”

Contact: Russell Sellers, Mike Presley 

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