Gov. Riley awards grant for crime-fighting network in southeast Alabama

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Bob Riley has awarded a $50,000 grant to help law enforcement agencies keep tabs on criminals in nine southeast Alabama counties.

The grant will fund the Southeast Alabama Violent Crime/Narcotics Criminal Intelligence Program which enables multiple law enforcement agencies to share intelligence and monitor and arrest dangerous criminals, drug dealers and child predators. The program serves Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.

“This network is a valuable tool that provides officers with up-to-date information about criminal activity in the region,” said Riley. “Access to current and reliable information gives our law enforcement agencies a vital edge in fighting illegal drugs and violent crime.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Riley notified Eunice Hagler, chairperson of the Dale County Commission, that the grant had been approved. The County Commission is the fiscal agent for the grant.

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