Lavonia Police Dept. Receives Grant

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The Lavonia Police Department is receiving a $10,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said he was informed of the award last week.

“We received that grant because of all of our participation in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety initiatives,” Carlisle said.

According to Carlisle, this is the third time the Lavonia Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

He said he believes Lavonia is a top candidate for grant awards because of their participation in state highway safety efforts.

“We got it two years ago and when they called me from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, it was clearly because of the way we’ve helped them out,” he said. “We participated in the reporting, our attendance at their traffic network meetings; a lot of things go into that. The State is so gracious to help smaller departments.”

Carlisle went on to say that the money will be used to help streamline the department’s evidence and property departments by upgrading to some new high-tech equipment.

“We’re implementing a bar coding system,” Carlisle said. “You can track the evidence with literally a wave of the barcode wand and find out where it is, at the GBI office or wherever. It’s going to be such a time-saver.”

Carlisle said that the Lavonia Police Department expects to receive the grant money sometime this fall.