Bentley awards law enforcement grants

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 3/18/17

Law enforcement departments in Jasper, Sulligent and Winston County will be among those who benefit from state grants awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Bentley announced in a release Thursday he was awarding $466,944 in grants to help 41 Alabama …

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Bentley awards law enforcement grants

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Law enforcement departments in Jasper, Sulligent and Winston County will be among those who benefit from state grants awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Bentley announced in a release Thursday he was awarding $466,944 in grants to help 41 Alabama law enforcement agencies obtain new equipment.

A total of 40 police and sheriff departments, along with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), will be recipient of the grants, the release said. The items include a number of items, including bulletproof vests, weapons, computers and body cameras, among other items.

Jasper is receiving $9,000 for protective helmets, while Sulligent is getting $3,520 for Taser guns and protective body armor. The Winston County Sheriff’s Office will obtain $5,600 for protective body armor.

The funds are being made available by the U.S. Justice Department through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program, Bentley said.

In Alabama, the funds will be administered through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).

“Police officers and sheriff’s deputies have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and they put their lives on the line every day to protect residents,” Bentley said. “I am pleased to help these law enforcement agencies purchase the equipment they need to make their jobs safer as they work to protect us on our streets and in our neighborhoods.”

“The men and women of Alabama’s law enforcement community deserve our gratitude for putting their lives on the line each and every day to keep our families and communities safe,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “ADECA’s partnership with ALEA as well as police and sheriff’s departments across our state helps them purchase new and needed equipment to accomplish their mission more efficiently and effectively.”

ALEA will receive $110,000 to replace outdated or incompatible equipment used by agents of the State Bureau of Investigation’s Narcotics Unit. That unit helps with drug investigations in all 67 counties in Alabama, Bentley said. Overtime expenses for officers conducting investigations will also be covered by the funds for ALEA.