Grants for HCPD approved by Henry County commissioners

The Henry County Police Department will receive two grants after unanimous approval from the Board of Commissioners at its Oct. 15 regular meeting.

A Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant for $304,938 will be utilized by the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) unit, which enforces DUI, traffic and occupant safety laws. The money will fund salaries for a sergeant and three officers, regular operating expenses, travel and equipment purchases for the officers, including vehicles.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance also awarded the police department $30,467 in funding to aid in the enhancement of HCPD’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, providing technological advancement that will efficiently produce data and protect against critical information loss as well as provide specialized professional training programs for personnel advancement, according to county officials.