Police department receives traffic enforcement grant

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- Officers with the Conyers Police Department have a few more tools at their disposal when it comes to traffic enforcement.

The Police Department is one of 25 agencies in the state awarded a $10,000 small agency incentive grant for the purchase of traffic enforcement equipment. The grant comes from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

According to the Police Department, the grant was awarded to police agencies that participate in a traffic network and showed a need for traffic equipment. The Conyers Police Department is part of the Central Regional Traffic Enforcement Network that is comprised of agencies from Jones, Baldwin, Jasper, Putnam, Greene, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale, Bibb and Walton counties. CPD Officer Thomas Owen is assistant coordinator of the network.

The grant will be used by the department to purchase radar units, window tint meters, portable intoxilizers, blue lights and traffic cones. The equipment will be used by the department's special operations unit. The grant was officially awarded in April and equipment for officers' use is arriving now.

"The opportunity to network and participate in multi-agency networks such as CRTEN truly pays dividends when we're awarded grants like this small agency incentive grant," said Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson. "Grants go a long way towards offsetting the expenses of the Police Department."

There are 16 regional Traffic Enforcement Networks in the state. The networks are open to all sworn law enforcement officers and prosecutors and are designed to enhance traffic enforcement activities through networking, training and legislation.