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Police seek $10K grant

Published 11:21am Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Justice Assistance Grant available for public review

The Alexander City Police Department and Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department have applied for grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant – or JAG grant for short – is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. According to a report from the BJA, the JAG program “provides states and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas.”

Chief Willie Robinson said ACPD applied for and received this grant last year.

“We got it last year and used it to buy some more computers,” Robinson said. “This year, we plan on buying some iPads for the command staff.”

The two departments are seeking a $10,381 grant, which will be split equally – each department stands to receive $5,190.50.

Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said the sheriff’s department also received the grant last year and put the money toward officer-mounted cameras.

“Grants like this really help us out,” Abbett said. “These grants provide us the opportunity to make purchases to enhance the safety of our officers and of citizens.”

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