State grant of $179K for 3 Cobb officers

Due to a state grant of $179,340 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, three Cobb police officers will have their salaries funded by the state along with a mandatory conference. (Courtesy of Cobb County)
Due to a state grant of $179,340 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, three Cobb police officers will have their salaries funded by the state along with a mandatory conference. (Courtesy of Cobb County)

A state grant of $179,340 was accepted by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 24 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) grant will reimburse the hourly salary for three currently assigned police officers while performing enforcement duties up to a total reimbursement amount of $163,176.

This grant will allow the purchase of one radar unit and one speed laser for each of the three assigned officers for about $13,569 and the related power cords for around $300.

The three officers also will be paid to attend a mandatory conference hosted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) for an approximate cost of $2,295.

As a grant recipient, the Cobb County Police Department DUI Task Force will participate in GOHS programs that promote strategies to reduce impaired driving injuries, fatalities and aggressive driving.

While all salary costs incurred while completing job duties related to this grant will be reimbursed by GOHS, fringe benefits of these three officers will need to continue to be funded by the county.

Such funding will have no impact to the budget since the officers currently are employed by Cobb County.

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