The Houston County Commission will vote on a Homeland Security grant for a $200,000 dollar mobile crime investigation vehicle. One of many grants the county has seen since the creation of the department in 2003.
In Thursday’s Houston County administrative meeting, Sheriff Andy Hughes and EMA Director Clark Matthews both made a request for grants from Homeland Security.
Since the department's creation, there have been many projects funded by it, in the form of loads of equipment, and training.
Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said, “It's important that our agencies, volunteers firemen, police have the equipment they need and Homeland Security has stepped up and provided that."
This newest grant would provide a new Homeland Security vehicle for the fleet, to go with multiple disaster trailers and the bomb containment unit and will aid authorities in the 10 county regions on investigations.
Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said, “Everything in it that you will need to gather, trace evidence, gunshot residue evidence, DNA evidence, blood evidence, fingerprints and any type of evidence you can gather. We'll be able to use this vehicle to do that."
With problems besides terror becoming more prevalent in recent years in America, many feel that the government will invest less funding into Homeland Security, prompting officials to appreciate what's available now.
“We want to make sure to take advantage of these funds while we can get ‘em, because the Homeland Security funds not only helps us during a major event, but it helps us do our jobs on a daily basis," Hughes added.
If approved, the crime scene vehicle will be available to every law enforcement agency in the 10 county regions.