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County awarded two homeland security grants

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By Dave Taylor

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson reports that he has received notification that the county has been awarded two grants which will be used to improve communications and purchase mobile data computers for local law enforcement. A third application was not funded.

“Two out of three is not bad,” Tomlinson said.

Fiscal court had approved three Homeland Security resolutions in April enabling Joan Moore, executive director of the Carroll County Community Development Corporation, to write and submit grant applications to the federal government for equipment for local law enforcement agencies.

The county sought funds through the United States Department of Homeland Security in three grant applications: $77,217 for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department communications upgrade project; $50,444 to enable local police agencies to install mobile data computers in all cruisers that are not already equipped with the MDC device; and $5,440 to improve the physical security of the County Emergency Operations with the purchase of access surveillance equipment.

The application for upgrading the sheriff’s department communications equipment was approved, Tomlinson said, but added the funding for the emergency operations equipment was not.

The county was awarded half of the amount requested, $25,222, for the mobile data computers, according to Moore.

The Department of Homeland Security enhances the ability of states, local and tribal jurisdictions, and other regional authorities in the preparation, prevention and response to terrorist attacks and other disasters, by distributing grant funds, according to the department’s Web site. Localities can use grants for planning, equipment, training and exercise needs.