Byron police expect to use about $7,500 of a $20,000 grant to buy new reflective vests, flashlights, computers and cameras for officers.
The Governors Office of Highway Safety recently awarded the grant in recognition of Byron police as the coordinating agency of the Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network, a news release stated.
Another $7,500 of the grant is earmarked for the Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network to purchase incentive items for officers such as gear bags, ticket holders, portable breath testing instruments and window-tint meters as well as meals at the monthly meetings. The remaining $5,000 will be spent to offset travel expenses.
The network coordinates year-round waves of highly visible, concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks, night-time seat belt enforcement events and sobriety checkpoints.
The network includes law enforcement agencies in Houston, Peach, Bibb, Twiggs, Bleckley, Macon, Monroe, Dooly, Crisp, Pulaski, Wilcox and Turner counties. In all, there are 16 such traffic enforcement networks throughout the state.