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DOJ grants awarded to Albany, Columbus

— Albany and Columbus will receive more than $170,000 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop announced this morning.

More than $99,000 in Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants were awarded by the DOJ to Columbus for its Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts while more than $70,000 was awarded to the Albany Police Department for a new surveillance camera, tasers, computer equipment and other materials.

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

Albany Police Chief John Proctor said he was appreciative of the grant.

“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,” Proctor said.