Summerdale PD using state grant for crime fighting technology

(WPMI) Summerdale PD using state grant for crime fighting technology
(WPMI) Summerdale PD using state grant for crime fighting technology

Summerdale Police say thousands of dollars in state grant money will be used to provide officers with crime fighting technology.

The town of Summerdale may be known for its lower crime rates, but no community is immune.

Silverhill resident Jim Cargill knows how quickly criminals can strike. His home was burglarized just before Christmas.

"They took my safe out of the bedroom. I had $75,0000 in there, plus some jewelry from my wife who passed away 2 years ago," said Cargill.

Summerdale Police Chief Kevin Brock said a new $30,000 grant has been awarded to the department through Alabama's Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

The grant will provide officers enhanced equipment to investigate cases similar to Cargill's.

"The technology will assist us in tracking individuals. It will help us investigate major crimes like homicides, theft, burglaries, and stuff like that," Chief Brock said.

Chief Brock said further details about the equipment are sensitive and confidential, but the multi-agency technology will strengthen the department's partnership with the Major Crimes Unit from the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

"The agencies that participate have access to some of the best investigators, some of the best equipment, and some of the best technology. This grant will assist us in even furthering that technology," said Chief Brock.

According to Chief Brock, the technology likely wouldn't be an option for the department without the grant.

Summerdale resident Susan Pierson says it's great news.

"I approve of it. They will make the community safer. I do believe that," said Pierson.

Cargill may not live in Summerdale, but he believes the effort will make the county safer as a whole.

"That's what we need; a safer community. So I hope they're successful," Cargill said.

Chief Brock said the technology will need to be installed, and officers will need to be trained, but he expects it up and running in the next few months.