DeKalb County Sheriff's Department to buy equipment with Federal Grant

January 14, 2008

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department will use an $11,500 U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant to buy much needed equipment, U.S. Representative Bart Gordon announced.

"The Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program provides smaller communities and rural areas with technology, equipment and technical assistance to enhance their first responder capabilities, " Gordon said. "CEDAP is particularly helpful for local law enforcement agencies, such as DeKalb County, which have limited resources."

CEDAP provides resources such as communications interoperability equipment, information sharing technology, chemical detection devices, sensors, personal protective equipment and rescue tools and training in how to use the equipment, devices, and technology.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department will use the funds to buy XOA Portable Video Surveillance System, according to Sheriff Patrick Ray. The surveillance system is capable of managing up to four cameras- including pan-tilt-zooms, long range, day-night, analog and IP digital and recording evidence directly to a removable media, such as an external hard drive.

"This system will provide a new degree of investigative capabilities for our department," Ray said. "The best part of this award is that it will be delivered at no cost to our county."

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