(WASHINGTON, DC) - Congressman Chet Edwards announced that the 2008 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill passed the House Appropriations Committee Thursday and will include his request for $300,000 to help the Navasota Police Department upgrade their communications and computer systems.
"I believe we have a deep obligation to protect our families from criminals and to support our law enforcement officers who put themselves at risk to protect our communities. This new equipment will help keep our officers safe while they work to protect our families, and I want to congratulate Mayor Bert Miller, Police Chief Shawn Myatt, and local law enforcement for their strong leadership in this effort," said Edwards, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Navasota Police Chief Shawn Myatt, speaking of the recent appropriations that will fund the City of Navasota Police Department Communications and Technology project, said, "The appropriations funding that Congressman Chet Edward's was able to acquire for this project will have a significant impact that will enhance our operations by creating a more efficient environment and will also establish reliability and safety that is beneficial to Departmental staff and the citizens in Navasota. Congressman Edwards support and hard work are greatly appreciated."
Specifically, the $300,000 secured by Edwards will fund a communications technology and enhancement project. This project will include the addition of 15 mobile radios to be installed in police patrol vehicles to upgrade the departments' communications system.
The funding secured by Edwards will also replace the existing Navasota Police Department repeater system, which is a vital part of the day to day communications between officers, other agencies, and dispatchers.
The funding will also replace software for dispatch and report writing that is outdated. The new software will enhance the operations of the Department by providing technology that is more user-friendly with added security.
"The bottom line is that law enforcement officers will be able to respond more quickly to emergency calls with the information they need to protect local citizens. In the case of potentially dangerous suspects, this could mean the difference between life and death for officers and the law-abiding citizens they are protecting," said Edwards.
In 2005, Edwards secured $400,000 for the Grimes County Sheriff's Department to update technology in their patrol cars. The 2008 bill must still pass the House and Senate and be signed by the President.
"I will continue to work hard in the months ahead in support of this locally initiated project," concluded Edwards.