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RLPD, GPD get equipment grants

Three local law enforcement agencies are set to receive new patrol cars, thanks to grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Two municipal police departments — Gantt and Red Level — as well as the Covington County Sheriff’s Department were notified by letter from the governor’s office this week.

The Red Level Police Department will use a $24,994 grant to purchase a new patrol car and other equipment, including a taser and a police-model shotgun.

A grant of $24,957 will help the Gantt Police Department purchase a new, fully equipped Ford Crown Victoria and radio communication equipment, and the CCSO will receive $23,099 to purchase a new patrol vehicle.

“Our law enforcement officers can better serve their residents when given the proper tools and necessary equipment,” Gov. Riley said. “I am pleased to provide these grants for the police departments of Gantt and Red Level.”

ADECA is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Chairman Lynn Sasser said the county was “most appreciative” for the grant funds.

“Anytime we can get a grant to better the county, I’m for it,” Sasser said. “We’re most appreciative to Gov. Riley for sending this our way.”

Red Level Police Chief Howard West and Gantt Police Chief Chris Byrd said the equipment are welcome additions to their department.

“We’re proud to receive these ADECA funds to purchase a new car,” Byrd said. “It will enable us to have more than one officer out on patrol. In addition to the car, it will allow us to purchase walkie-talkies and firearms that will go along with the laptops we had already received from ADECA. All this equipment has helped modernize our department, which has had a positive impact for the citizens of Gantt.”