The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to accept about $340,000 in state and federal grants that will help the Gwinnett County Police Department improve its ability to deal with natural and manmade disasters.

Of the total, about $182,000 is being awarded through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security. None of the grants require local contributions.



GEMA/HS grants include:
· $98,000 to the Hazardous Device Unit for two side-by-side utility vehicles and trailers for special events, plus new x-ray generators, upgrades to older x-ray machines, and two upgraded portable radios to replace dated radios;

· $12,000 to acquire a new Explosive Detection K-9 to replace an aging, bomb-sniffing dog who will retire soon;

· $6,000 awarded to the Hazardous Devices Unit for equipment, supplies, health check-ups and care for the department's Explosive Detection K-9s.

Commissioners also approved an agreement with the Atlanta Regional Commission, which will contribute about $158,000 toward maintaining critical communication equipment for the Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management and other supplies and services. The funding comes from a grant program of the ARC's Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative. The program is designed to create and sustain regional efforts to improve security in and around the Atlanta area.