Department receives grant for surveillance equipment

WINDER - Winder police will soon have more surveillance equipment to help the city's fight against drugs.

Winder officials announced this month the Police Department received a $16,156 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The department will use that money to purchase surveillance cameras and video cameras, low light pole mounted cameras and pay officers to spend more time undercover.

The grant can be renewed for three years, said Lt. Dennis Dorsey, spokesman for the Winder Police Department.

The amount of the award is based on the local crime rate.

Although this is the first year the department received this particular grant, it received a Secure our Schools grant in 2005. Its $26,936 award purchased security cameras and paid two school-resource officers for Winder-Barrow High School.

Dorsey wrote the grant proposal.

"We had to describe a program that targeted drugs, gangs and what causes the biggest portion of our uniform crime," Dorsey said. "Most of our crime is street-level narcotics."

Gwinnett County received the same grant award in the amount of $216,131.

The Winder Police Department operates on a $4.5 million annual budget, said Chief Stanley Rodgers.