Governor Brian P. Kemp has announced preliminary grant awards totaling more than $83 million for 118 qualified projects to improve community-level public safety measures and address law enforcement staffing challenges that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Kemp commented, “Public safety has always been a top priority of my administration and will continue to be,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “With the increase in violent crime seen in communities across the country, including here in our state, we’re sending reinforcements to keep hardworking Georgians and their neighborhoods safe. From tackling staffing needs to deploying new equipment and technology, these funds are being invested so that our brave first responders have the resources they need to fight back against dangerous criminals.”
The Seminole County Board of Commissioners will receive $1,549,248.80 for investment in equipment and technology for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
In accordance with grant requirements, awarded funds will be utilized to supplement law enforcement staffing, support violent crime reduction or community violence intervention programming, and invest in technology and equipment to address and respond to the rise in community violence resulting from the pandemic.
Seminole County Sheriff Heath Elliott commented, “I am very grateful to receive this grant. It is truly a blessing to a small rural Sheriff’s Office such as ours to receive this grant to help us in our fight against crime. I would like to thank Governor Kemp for awarding us this grant and for his great support of law enforcement throughout the state of Georgia. I would also like to thank Representative Gerald Green for his always unwavering support of law enforcement and representation of Southwest Georgia.”
Representative Gerald Greene: added, “I am excited for the support these grants will provide to law enforcement departments across southwest Georgia. Thank you to Governor Kemp for awarding these grants to Baker, Randolph, and Seminole County; they will assist law enforcement officers in combating the rising violent crime.”
Full project summaries can be found here: https://opb.georgia.gov/awarded-grants