Sep 09 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES OVER $20,000 FOR CRIME CONTROL AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN RUSSELL COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) announced today that U.S. Department of Justice will be releasing $20,662 to Russell County for The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

JAG allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on the needs of the communities. These funds can be used for technical assistance, training, equipment and information systems for criminal justice for any one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Law Enforcement Programs

  • Prosecution and Court Programs

  • Prevention and Education Programs

  • Corrections and Community Corrections Programs

  • Drug Treatment Programs

  • Planning, Evaluation and Technology Improvements Programs

    Russell County and Phenix City will use these funds to purchase a “throw phone” to be used by SWAT teams to establish contact with hostage takers. The Russell County Sheriff’s Department and the Phenix City Police Department developed a multi-jurisdictional special response team who regularly train together, share equipment and respond to incidents.

    Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce over $20,000 for law enforcement in Russell County. These funds will help law enforcement officers communicate with hostage takers during hostage negotiations. The purchase of this “throw phone” will help to ensure the safety and protection of our officers and our citizens.”

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