Clayton spending $85,000 on homeland security

JONESBORO — Clayton County police will spend $85,000 in grant funds to buy a several pieces of computer equipment and a vehicle to improve security in the county.

The county commission unanimously approved accepting the grant funds from the Metro Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative, which includes Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, as well as the City of Atlanta. Each department is receiving grant money to buy kits that are intended to be used by teams which will access security threats.

“Each member of UASI ... will establish a cross-agency Homeland Security Assessment Team [with] member agencies [to] include police, fire and EMA,” a memorandum of understanding between Clayton County and Metro Atlanta UASI, Inc., states. “Each team will have an identified team lead responsible for the assigned team vehicle.

“Each jurisdiction will be awards one vehicle for team transport and five assessment kits.”

The items in each kit will include:

• A portable tablet with wireless Internet capabilities.

• A wireless air card.

• A GPS device.

• A laser range finder.

• A camera/binoculars.

• An external hard drive.

• A digital camera with video capabilities.

• A desktop scanner.

• A desktop printer.

• A pelican case in which to carry equipment.

• A hard hat.

• Safety glasses.

• A safety vest.


Robert 1 year, 7 months ago

I see more wasted tax dollars on another useless program.

“Each department is receiving grant money to buy kits that are intended to be used by teams, “

One person is online checking out the latest news reports from Chanel 2, 5, 11 and 46 while one guy uses the GPS device to try and figure out where they are. Another uses the laser range finder and binoculars to see how far away from something they are. I guess they draw straws to see who gets to wear the hard hat, who gets to wear the vest and who gets to wear the safety glasses.

The county is overflowing with specialized vehicles that have been paid for by the Dept. of Homeland Security. It isn’t another specialized vehicle that the county needs, it’s people and time. Programs like these need people to drive their already paid for government car to a specific location where they sit down and talk face to face about plans, strategies and responses to terroristic threats both foreign and domestic. It is the people and their time that will make a difference not laser range finders and GPS devices.


OscarKnight 1 year, 7 months ago

...More Government Waste.

........I would like to know where this money tree was planted.


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