Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Delivers Funding for Hopkinsville Law Enforcement Communications Equipment
$100,000 homeland security check to supply mobile data computers for local law enforcement
FRANKFORT, Ky. – During a tour of storm damaged Christian County today, Governor Ernie Fletcher delivered a $100,000 check to the City of Hopkinsville to purchase communications equipment for local law enforcement officers. The funding will purchase mobile data computers and related equipment for installation in law enforcement cruisers.
“Last weekend’s storms demonstrated the need to ensure our first responders have the equipment and resources they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Governor Fletcher. “Ensuring that our commonwealth’s first responders can communicate effectively is a critical concern that we are addressing throughout Kentucky. This funding for the City of Hopkinsville will work to ensure a greater level of public safety for this community.”
Over the past two years, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has invested more than $70 million in homeland security projects; over half of which has been used in support of enhanced communications capabilities for Kentucky’s first responders. The use of mobile data computers in the roadside environment is the fastest emerging technology tool to assist law enforcement.
State Representative James Carr (R-Hopkinsville) said, "As we know all too well, natural disasters are inevitable and unavoidable. This $100,000 will go far in providing our first responders with the communications equipment they need to do their jobs as safely as possible."
Senator Joey Pendleton (D-Hopkinsville) said, "This equipment is especially needed in Hopkinsville in light of the recent devastation caused by the tornadoes. The money will be put to good use. The equipment will allow local law enforcement agencies to communicate with one another. "
(Ret) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, added, “As someone who has spent a career in law enforcement, I understand the critical need to ensure our first responders get the communications equipment they need. Mobile data computers are changing the face of policing across the country and I am proud that Kentucky is at the forefront of this important public safety advancement.”
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead the Commonwealth's coordination and collaboration efforts with public and private preparedness partners to ensure Kentucky is Ready and Prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov.