MONTGOMERY, Ala (WDHN)— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded two grants totaling $31,997 to assist law enforcement offices in southeast Alabama purchase new equipment.
“By having access to updated equipment, these Wiregrass police officers will be better prepared to protect and serve the public,” Gov. Ivey said. “These officers put themselves at risk every day to protect their communities and I am happy to be able to provide some needed equipment to make them safer while on duty.”
Abbeville will be using $23,597 in funds to purchase body cameras, suppressors for rifles and other equipment. They will also be creating a simulation training system including rifles and handguns that use paintballs. This will allow officers to train for lifelike scenarios.
Cottonwood will be using $8,400 to purchase a new thermal imaging device.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice. They manage a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, recreation, energy conservation, water resources management and career development.
“Gov. Ivey and ADECA continue to support the efforts of police officers who work daily to protect the residents of their cities and towns,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “These grants will help Abbeville and Cottonwood obtain equipment to help them better serve their communities.”
Abbeville Mayor Billy Helms and Cottonwood Mayor Ken Hamilton have accepted the grants.