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South Mississippi law enforcers receive Homeland Security grants

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Law enforcement agencies in Mississippi will share in $6.5 million in grants to the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. The director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, J.W. Ledbetter announced grants for the cities of Long Beach and D'Iberville Wednesday morning.

The Long Beach Police Department will receive $320,956 to upgrade the department's radio equipment. Now Long Beach Police will be able to communicate seamlessly with other agencies around them.

"As we saw during Hurricane Katrina, law enforcement must be able to fully communicate with not only area agencies, but those on the state and federal levels. This grant will give Long Beach that capability," said Ledbetter. "The Mississippi Office of Homeland Security is proud to be able to help in this way."

The D'Iberville Police Department will receive of $30,000 to purchase personal protection equipment as well as terrorism incident prevention equipment for its officers.

The Homeland Security grant money will go to various state, county and local law enforcement agencies and programs to pay for equipment, planning and training. Law enforcement did not have to match any portion of the grant with their own money.

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