Department of Justice grant will provide law enforcement assistance in Brunswick community

BRUNSWICK, GA:  Two Brunswick law enforcement agencies are receiving a federal grant to improve safety in their community under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

The Glynn County Police Department and the Brunswick Police Department will share the $53,554 grant to the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The funds will be used to install a camera surveillance system for the Brunswick and Glynn County area.

U.S. Attorney Christine announced the grant awards Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Glynn County Police Department.

“Local law enforcement partners are a vital part of the public safety network in our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “We owe it to the law enforcement and prosecutors we rely upon to ensure that they have the best equipment and cutting-edge technology. These federal grants are a step toward fulfilling that obligation. We would like to congratulate Glynn County Police Chief John Powell and Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones for their successful application for the Department of Justice grant, and thank the Project Safe Neighborhoods grant review committee for their service in reviewing the grant requests.”

Other Southern District recipients of this year’s grants include the Savannah Police Department, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, and the Augusta District Attorney’s Office.

“The Glynn County Police Department, and its public safety partners, consistently focus on developing and improving both security and environmental well-being for our residents,” said Glynn County Police Chief John Powell. “With technology advancing at an exponential rate, we are exceptionally grateful for the ability to keep up with that growth and to improve our ability to reduce or solve violent crime cases. We look forward to utilizing the new technologies afforded to us from this grant to help keep our community safe.”

“On behalf of the Brunswick Police Department we would like to thank the Department of Justice for awarding the Brunswick Police Department and the Glynn County Police Department with a federal grant to improve safety in our neighborhoods,” said Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones. “This grant will enhance the Brunswick Police Department’s technological abilities in an effort to continuously serve the communities here in Brunswick, Georgia.

“The Brunswick Police Department and Glynn County Police Department are always looking at ways to continue in our efforts of making Brunswick and Glynn County a safe place to live and visit,” Chief Jones said. “Whenever smaller police departments are awarded extra funding, it is a big help in making sure the citizens in the community get the best service available.”

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer. For example, it was under the umbrella of PSN that federal, state and law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Attorney’s Office dismantled a major south Georgia drug trafficking organization whose leader recently was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Brunswick to nearly 11 years in federal prison.