Law enforcement funds provide for high tech mapping


“The funds we received will go into the NATCOM 911 Communications Center,” said Police Chief Micky Dove in regards to $12,490 grant funds received for the improvement of law enforcement. He said the monies will be used to install a high-tech display wall that will allow operators to view a map that pinpoints a caller’s location.

“In addition, it will show the pinpoint locations of law enforcement,” Dove said. The technology will provide better location mapping and improve response times.

U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), a member of Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Sept. 23 that nearly $1 million in grant funding is headed to local and state agencies, including Natchitoches, to support law enforcement in Louisiana.

These funds, administered through the US Department of Justice (DOJ), support a broad range of law enforcement activities to prevent and reduce crime based on unique state and local needs. The federal funding can be used for training, hiring additional personnel and procuring equipment and supplies, among other things. “We keep Louisianians safe by giving law enforcement the resources they need to serve and protect.

The support Attorney General Barr is showing for Shreveport, Natchitoches, Bossier City and other law enforcement will extend to every member of those communities,” said Kennedy.

“At a time when our law enforcement officers need support more than ever before, this is a key investment in our local and state agencies. We need to make certain that everyone who serves so bravely has the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs effectively and keep our communities safe,” said Johnson. “From day one, President Trump and AG William Barr have shown their support for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities, and I am thankful for their continued commitment to that effort.”

•City of Natchitoches – $12,490 Funded initiatives may include supporting drug and gang task forces, crime prevention and domestic violence programs, information sharing initiatives, or other programs aimed at reducing crime and/or enhancing public/officer safety.