JPD receives grant for purchase of new Tasers

Published 3:22 pm Thursday, March 10, 2016

The city of Jemison received a grant of $9,999 to fund the purchase of new Tasers for the police department.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced two grants totaling $19,949 were awarded to both the city of Jemison and the Bibb County Commission, which received $9,950 to purchase in-car cameras for the sheriff’s department to record interactions between deputies and the public.

The footage can be used for evidence and training, according to a release from Bentley’s office.

The Tasers provide a non-lethal means to subdue dangerous and unruly suspects, the release said.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.

Bentley notified Jemison Mayor Eddie Reed and Bibb County Commission Chairman Rodney Stabler that the grants had been approved.

Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said the grant will allow the department to replace outdated Tasers.

“The Tasers we are using right now are about 10 years old,” Fulmer said. “This grant will allow us to purchase more modern Tasers. We will be able to upgrade the entire fleet with this money.”

Fulmer said the money will also allow for some body cameras and car camera downloads for patrol vehicles.

“We are really appreciative of the money,” Fulmer said. “We will be able to use the money to buy some much-needed equipment for our department.”

Fulmer said information for the grant was submitted on Dec. 15, 2015.

“We had to specify when we submitted information for the grant what the money would be used for,” Fulmer said. “It is great that our department was considered for this money.”