Homeland Security Funds Boost Local Police Prevention Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC.-U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced Thursday that $130,000 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants is going to increase emergency prevention efforts in several local police departments in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

The Department of Homeland Security's Commercial Equipment and Direct Assistance Program increases the Nation's overall preparedness, focusing on regional capabilities and smaller jurisdictions. The grants will fund night vision and thermal imaging gear and hazardous material detection equipment.

"Any of our law enforcement agencies may be called on at moment's notice to deal with any number of threats or disasters," said Rep. Rogers. "Having the right tools for the job is essential for the safety of our men and women in uniform and the citizens they protect."

Public safety agencies in Bell, Jackson, Johnson and Knott counties and those in the municipalities of Burnside, Hazard and Prestonsburg, will receive the funding.

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Rogers works to secure funding for important initiatives in the fifth district of Kentucky.

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