Law enforcement to receive grant equipment

Published 7:22 pm Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Crenshaw County’s law enforcement personnel will be getting some much-needed equipment thanks to Homeland Security grant monies.

According to Homeland Security Point of Contact/ Crenshaw County EMA Director Jessica Tomlin-Seabrook, the county will be receiving several bullet-proof vests for the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office, an in-car camera system for the Dozier Police Department, and a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system for the E-911 Center.

The total in equipment the county will receive comes to approximately $31,000.

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“The new CAD system will help to modernize our 911 center,” E-911 Director Jennifer McDougald said. “It will allow us to track all the information that comes through to us, and then automatically load it into a master database for future reference. We can then produce reports for a variety of situations.”

For Dozier Police Chief Terry Mears, an in-car camera system means extra safety on the job.

“Every patrol car needs a camera in it obviously for safety reasons,” Mears said. “Plus, it can prove to be a vital record for any case.”

Tomlin-Seabrook said that these were the only requests presented to her from the stakeholders who came to the July 7 Region 2 County Stakeholders’ Meeting.

“The grant agreements will be issued by the middle of August,” she said. “After that, we should receive these items fairly quickly.”