Office of Homeland Security
Governor Beshear Announces Homeland Security Grants

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 09, 2008  
Contact Information:  Antonia Lindauer

Governor Beshear Announces Homeland Security Grants


CAVE CITY, Ky. (September 9, 2008) – Gov. Steve Beshear today announced approval of two Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grants totaling $215,000 for law enforcement and first response agencies in south central Kentucky.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security funds will be used to upgrade communications capabilities for several agencies.


One grant in the amount of $152,000 will purchase mobile data computers (MDCs) for the Glasgow Police and Fire Departments; the Barren, Allen and Grayson County Sheriff’s Departments; and the Barren/Edmonson County Drug Task Force.  MDCs enable law enforcement officers to receive and transmit data while in their assigned vehicle.  Fire departments use MDCs to locate fire and rescue scenes and prepare reports.


We are glad to be able to join with other counties on this project,” said Glasgow Mayor Darrell Pickett.  Communication is key in the work of first responders, and we appreciate being one of the recipients of this funding.” 


“Criminals and natural disasters don’t wait for us to upgrade our communications.  In today’s climate, it is vitally important that all first responders have access to the most advanced technology available,” the governor said. “These grants are examples of the benefits of regional cooperation, as well as interest demonstrated by local legislators.”


The second grant, in the amount of $63,000, will fund the purchase and installation of a repeater, expanding the reach of radio transmissions in Edmonson County.  Repeaters provide a greater signal radius for voice communication between dispatch centers and first responders.

“Safety and accuracy will improve as a result of this new repeater,” said Edmonson County Judge-Executive N. E. Reed.  “Our fire department and law enforcement officers will have a lot better coverage, and the people of Edmonson County will really benefit from this grant.”