Albany and Columbus police win grant to fight crime

Police Chief John Proctor at an Albany City Commission meeting earlier in the year. / File

Albany and Columbus police will get extra funds in their coffers in the fight against crime.

In a press release issued Tuesday by Congressman Sanford Bishop, the two departments have been award the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant by the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant allows states and local governments to support various activities to prevent and control crime.

"These awards invest in initiatives to assist our law enforcement officers in their fight to keep our communities safe and free from crime," said Congressman Bishop. "I am pleased that Albany and Columbus will have more resources available to them to make our district safer."

Chief John Proctor of the Albany Police Department said, "The Albany Police Department is extremely appreciative and honored to have received this grant. In hard economic times when local budgets are tight, this award allows us to continue to advance some of our technological and equipment needs."

The City of Columbus will use the grant of $99,081 to support the Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts and Mental Health Court programs. Albany will use the $70,673 grant to support law enforcement initiatives through training and the purchase of a surveillance camera, tasers, computers, and other equipment.