The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 25, 2012

County to apply for grant

By Tiffany Thompson, News Editor

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 — The Stanly County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to authorize the use of matching funds should the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office receive a technology grant.

As reported Sunday, Albemarle Police Department, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office and the Stanly County District Attorney’s office, will be applying for a technology grant through the Governor’s Crime Commission.

If awarded the grant could mean more state-of-the-art technology would be available for law enforcement agencies within the county.  

The grant would be used towards the purchase of a Forensic Recovery Evidence Device (FRED) and Cellebrite, which is technology designed to recover data from cellphones and other mobile devices. It will also be used towards the training of employees to use the technology, as well as for technical assistance.

The grant is available for up to $60,000 with a 25 percent match.

This would mean that the three offices would be responsible for approximately $7,500 each for the Sheriff’s Office, the DA’s office and APD, according to Sheriff Rick Burris.

Burris explained that the matching funds for the Sheriff’s Office would come from lapsed salaries and drug seizure money, so no additional county funding would be needed.

Burris also explained that the location for the technology, should the county receive the grant, is not known at this time, but he feels it should be placed in a location with 24 hour access. He also explained that there would be an agreement made between the Sheriff’s Office and APD regarding use of the technology, though the details of the agreement are still under consideration.

Sally and Dale Pleasant, the owners of Select Investigations, a private investigator firm in Albemarle, have agreed to provide training on the equipment should the department receive the grant.

Commissioner Jann Lowder applauded the work from all the involved agencies in trying to secure this funding.

“I appreciate the partnership with the Albemarle Police, the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney Reece Saunder’s office in trying to get this grant for the county. I am also appreciative that we have a local company from right here in Albemarle that will provide the training,” Lowder said.

The deadline to apply for the grant is Jan. 31, though it could be late March or early April before it is known if the county received the grant.