The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 6, 2009

Ardmore in line for $20K for patrol car cameras

Ardmore Police Department is poised to receive a $20,000 grant to buy digital video cameras for their cars if lawmakers approve.

Other area law-enforcement agencies as well as the National Children’s Advocacy Center would also be in line for money.

U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, said a House subcommittee approved funding for four projects this week. The others include:

• $350,000 for the National Children’s Advocacy Center for a child abuse internship program, which will fill the gap between the education and training of professionals in the field;

• $160,000 to replace mobile data terminals in Morgan County’s police departments;

• $40,000 for additional investigators of sexual- and cyber-predator crimes in Lawrence County.

These projects were approved by the House Commerce Justice State Appropriations Subcommittee and will now be considered by the Appropriations Committee and the House floor before being sent to the president for final approval.

“I am very pleased that my office was able to secure this funding for these projects,” Griffith said. “North Alabama has become what it is today because of Congressman Cramer’s tireless efforts to fund vital projects at home, and I am happy to say that we are not missing a step.”

Funding for Morgan County was secured in cooperation of both Griffith’s and Congressman Robert Aderholt’s offices.