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Long County Sheriff's Department gets funding
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WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressional funding for improvements to the Long County Sheriff's Department has been approved by the House in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The funding of $330,886, secured by Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., will be used to acquire equipment, hire personnel and fund a community education program.
"I am glad to assist Sheriff Cecil Noble and his staff in acquiring these funds to enhance their facility and community," Kingston said. "By continually updating programs and equipment and adding new personnel, they can be of better service to the public and create new jobs at the same time."
The sheriff's office will hire personnel to assist with administrative duties, provide assistance to the public and assist officers in obtaining critical information on incidents and suspects. They also will assist in collecting data on incident types and arrests and determine if substance abuse is involved. Equipment also will be purchased in order to provide proactive law enforcement to the community, to increase neighborhood patrols, and assist citizens in keeping violence down.  
The Long County Board of Commissioners will use funds for their Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety program, which teaches youth to stay away from gangs, drugs and other harmful activities.
"I would like to express many thanks to Congressman Jack Kingston for his endeavors and for securing this essential funding for our office," Noble said. "The equipment, personnel and supplies that are currently being procured and placed in the field undoubtedly help to increase my office's proficiency in crime prevention and ensuring public safety."     
These funds were awarded through the Byrne Discretionary Program, which helps communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through the fiscal year 2008 congressional budget.
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