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Sheriff's office applies for federal grants to battle meth, buy equipment
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The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office reapplied to two federal Community Oriented Policing Services grants, as a continuation of the three-year grants.

One was a $120,000 grant for Rockdale's new Methamphetamine Initiative, which began early this year, according to public information officer Lt. Myra Pearrell. The grant funds the purchase of some surveillance equipment and provides for a project coordinator, who performs intelligence analysis and community outreach by providing awareness training for first responders, civic associations and community groups on the signs of methamphetamines.

Although Rockdale's rates of meth related incidents have held steady - there were 15 such arrests and 32.9 grams seized in the first five months of 2009 - Pearrell pointed out, "You want to address the issue while it's still manageable."

The other applications, a technology grant of $150,000, goes towards the enhancement of mobile data in patrol cars, such as software to create traffic citations on the spot and to run data checks in the cars.