MONTGOMERY, AL - Gov. Bob Riley has awarded grants totaling $22,533 to help the sheriff's departments of Chilton and Coosa counties obtain new equipment.
An $18,116 grant will enable Chilton County to purchase digital fingerprint scanners which store fingerprint images electronically and provide quicker results when law enforcement officers are checking into the criminal backgrounds of suspects.
A $4,417 grant was awarded to Coosa County to purchase equipment for sheriff's deputies.
"To protect and serve their communities, our law enforcement officers need the proper equipment," Riley said. "I am pleased to help Chilton and Coosa counties equip deputies so they can continue to serve residents effectively."
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants which Riley awarded from funds made available to Alabama by the U.S. Justice Department.