Winder police receive stimulus funding

WINDER - Thanks to a $1 billion Department of Justice grant - including $31 million awarded to Georgia agencies - the Winder Police Department on Tuesday received funding for two new officers.

The $332,868 will cover 100 percent of the approved salary and benefits for the entry-level positions over a three-year period, according to a DOJ news release. The police department will then be required to retain the grant-funded positions for a fourth year.

"We are pleased to receive these funds, knowing that out of over 700 agencies, only 48 (in Georgia) were awarded funding," Winder police Chief Stanley Rodgers said.

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Nationally, 1,056 agencies received grants.

Winder police spokesman Capt. Dennis Dorsey said the department is also working in the second year of a Governors Office of Highway Safety grant to fund a traffic enforcement position.

The department was also awarded a nearly $68,000 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistice grant in June, which it will us to purchase various police equipment.

Rodgers said Winder police have continued their fight against crime while looking for ways to save money.

"The economy has affected all aspects of public safety and we are going to do everything possible to serve our community while being good stewards of the taxpayer's money," Rodgers said.