ALBANY, Ga. – Chief Michael Persley requested the approval of the Mayor and City Commission to accept the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for $232,742.00 for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. Permissible uses of funds awarded under the CESF Program must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. On June 5, 2020, The Albany Police Department received notification of the grant award.
“The COVID-19 virus has severely impacted our community, and everyone must be diligent in their efforts to prevent and contain and any further spread of this virus. The Albany Police Department will continue to provide the service that the community expects. With this funding, we can be better prepared to respond to their needs while doing so in a safer and better-protected capacity.” -Chief Michael Persley, Albany Police Department.
On March 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) began seeking applications for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESF). Projects and purchases allowed include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, and travel expenses mainly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas. Upon receipt of your approval, this funding will aid the City of Albany in our response to a public health crisis.