Dec 20 2007

Shelby Announces $785,593 for Alabama Communities

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded $785,593 for equipment and training for local law enforcement and emergency responder agencies in 53 Alabama communities.

“Each day law enforcement and first responders put themselves in harms way protecting our communities,” said Shelby.  “It is our responsibility to ensure that they are adequately prepared to respond to, prevent and recover from emergencies.  This grant will allow Alabama’s smaller communities and rural areas to obtain technology and equipment that will enhance first responder capabilities.”

These grants are awarded under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP).  The FY 2007 Appropriations Act for the Department of Homeland Security (P.L. 109-295) appropriated $50 million for CEDAP.  The FY 2007 CEDAP will provide equipment and training valued at approximately $33.7 million to law enforcement and emergency responder agencies across the nation.