Aug 27 2008

Shelby Annouces $2.7M in Grants to Alabama

Montgomery Advertiser

By Markeshia Ricks

Montgomery will get a $64,258 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa.

Shelby is the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and the announcement was among several that he made earlier this week.

The grant is awarded through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which provides funding for law enforcement agencies to implement programs that prevent and control crime based on their own identified needs.

Montgomery County will receive $447,174 through the same grant program
“The Byrne grants are incredibly important to local law enforcement officers that are serving on the front lines of our communities each day,” Shelby said. “We must ensure that our law enforcement agencies have up-to-date equipment to help them do their jobs effectively.

The city’s grant will be used to equip both the police department headquarters and the county sheriff’s office with security systems and technology upgrades. The county’s grant will be used to upgrade courtroom security at the municipal court with new monitoring equipment and new video surveillance cameras.

In addition to the two local grants, Shelby announced three grants for state agencies. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division will receive a $1.7 million grant for its efforts to encourage cooperation among the state’s law enforcement agencies in fighting violent crime and illegal drug activities.

The Alabama Department of Public Health will receive a $400,000 grant to support the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which works to educate people about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. The Alabama District Attorney’s Association will receive $111,794 that will be used to implement a Data Protection Program for enhanced communication and off-site data storage of sensitive criminal information.

In all, Shelby announced about $2.7 million in grant money that will come to Alabama.