Department of Justice grant will provide law enforcement assistance in Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA:  The Savannah Police Department is receiving a federal grant to improve safety in the community under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

The $61,828 grant will provide funding for surveillance cameras, fingerprint scanners, and GPS tracking systems for the Savannah Police Department, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

U.S. Attorney Christine announced the grant award Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Savannah Police Department headquarters.

“The Savannah Police Department is a vital partner in our public safety network,” 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 Chief Roy Minter Jr. for the department’s successful application, 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 Brunswick Police Department, Glynn County Police Department, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, and the Augusta District Attorney’s Office.

”Savannah Police Department is extremely pleased to be one of the recipients in the Project Safe Neighborhoods grant,” said Chief Roy Minter Jr. “This will be extremely beneficial in furthering the department and the city’s goals of reducing crime in Savannah. Our command staff is currently working on a deployment strategy so that we can ensure that this technology will be used to its fullest capability to help us identify and target offenders in our area.”

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 the U.S. Attorney’s Office and law enforcement agencies, including the Savannah Police Department, successfully conducted the sweep to reduce criminal gun violence in Savannah’s historic Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood.