Georgia Emergency Management Agency awards grants, trailer to Gwinnett County police

9:15 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education accepted two grants given to the Gwinnett County Police Department from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday.

A Gwinnett County official said the first grant will be used to update the current robots used by the Hazardous Devices Unit. At just under $200,000, Gwinnett Emergency Director Greg Swanson said this grant, nor the others, will require money matching.

The next grant, around $3,500 will go to the police department's K-9 unit for explosives detection. According to Swanson, the federal Homeland Security grants will help tackle dangers people of Gwinnett County could face.

Another agreement approved by GEMA will allow for a new trailer, filled with around $20,000 worth of supplies and equipment, to go to emergency shelters. As needed, the trailer can get needs from location to location throughout Gwinnett County.

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