Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Presents Funding to Local Law Enforcement in Bowling Green

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 22, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Jason Keller

Funds to be used for communications equipment

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher was in Bowling Green today to present local officials with a $718,498.40 check from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to purchase mobile data computers for local law enforcement.

“Ensuring the public’s safety is one of my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Fletcher. “A well-equipped law enforcement agency is vital to the safety of Bowling Green and all of Southern Kentucky. That is why it is essential that these individuals have the equipment they need to communicate effectively while they serve and protect their local community.”

Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker noted that “Effective communication between all public safety entities is critical in an emergency and this grant will help us to continue to improve our communications system.”

Sen. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) added, “Upgraded communications equipment is critical to our first-responders. I am pleased that Bowling Green law enforcement will be able to take advantage of this grant to enhance our community's safety.”

This year, more than 69 percent of all discretionary homeland security funding received by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been invested in support of enhanced communications capabilities for Kentucky’s first responders and 9-1-1 upgrades. The funding announced today will provide local law enforcement agencies with mobile data computers to be placed inside their cruisers. Mobile data computers in the roadside environment are the fastest emerging technology tool to assist law enforcement.

Rep. Jim DeCesare (R-Bowling Green) said, “We are continuing to strive to make sure our law enforcement officials have the proper equipment to protect the citizens of our commonwealth. These funds will be a tremendous asset and will enable our law enforcement to better protect our community.”


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