Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, announced today the following grants for local Law Enforcement Agencies from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).
- $23,682.00 to the City of Cordova for the Cordova Police Department will use to purchase properly fitted body armor, less- lethal tasers, computers and surveillance equipment.
- $20,786.32 to the Town of Oakman to purchase new equipment for the Oakman Police Department.
- $23,075.31 to the Town of Arley for the Arley Police Department to update their patrol cars and department.
Governor Kay Ivey announced the awarding of the grants this week.
“Too often, we are reminded of the dangers our law enforcement officers face as they patrol our streets and keep our communities safe. I am pleased to announce that we have made additional funding available to help these police departments purchase necessary, new equipment,” Governor Ivey said. “We must do everything we can to ensure our officers have the best resources available just as they ensure our families and communities are safe.”
Rep. Tim Wadsworth thanked Governor Ivey and emphasized the importance of funding the local police departments.
“I want to personally thank Governor Ivey for approving the ADECA police protection grants that were awarded to the towns of Cordova, Oakman, and Arley. The protection of our citizens is of paramount importance to us and our children and without adequate funding our police departments cannot operate at a 100 percent efficiency. Further, I would like to thank Mayor Gilbert, Mayor Franks and Mayor Tyree for their leadership in working with the police chiefs to apply for these grants. Senator Reed and I have worked hard to let police departments know when grants are available and to assist in any way we can in the process. Again, thanks to all that are involved.”
Senator Reed praised the ADECA for providing support to these Law Enforcement agencies for equipment that will ultimately be used to keep communities and law enforcement officers safer.
“I want to thank Governor Ivey and ADECA for working with us so that we can provide our police men and women with the funds they need to purchase new equipment and improve the equipment they already use. Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. We owe it to them to do all we can to make sure they have what they need to make their jobs easier and safer,” Reed said.
Greg Reed represents District 5 in the Alabama State Senate, which includes all or parts of Walker, Fayette, Winston, Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties. He serves as the Senate Majority Leader.