Governor awards grant to local sheriff's departments

Source: Office of Alabama Governor

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Bob Riley has awarded $2.4 million in grants to 104 law enforcement agencies to improve public safety in cities and counties throughout Alabama.

The grants awarded to police departments and sheriffs' departments are the latest round of funding for law enforcement agencies announced by the governor. Law enforcement agencies across the state have applied for funding to update equipment.

"The officers we depend on for protection must have adequate equipment to perform their jobs," Riley said. "These grants will give law enforcement agencies in Alabama access to up-to-date equipment and techniques to fight crime and protect citizens."

Funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. The grants are being administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Awarded grants for south central Alabama include:

Bullock County Sheriff's Department - $25,000 for miscellaneous police equipment.

Chambers County Sheriff's Department - $25,000 for electronic fingerprint scanning equipment.

Lee County Sheriff's Department - $25,000 for electronic fingerprint scanning equipment.

Macon County Sheriff's Department – $24,983 for portable computers and digital cameras for police cars.

Valley Police Department - $24,769 for electronic fingerprint scanning equipment and portable computers for patrol cars. 

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