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DeSoto County, cities to receive federal funds

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Federal dollars are being doled out to help protect people in DeSoto County.  Monday officials said cities in DeSoto County will get more than $200,000 in federal funds to be used to improve public safety.

"Based on the population of each location, they estimate how to divvy the grant funds up," said DeSoto County grant administrator Laura Herring.

DeSoto County received the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Justice Department.  It's doled out based on crime reporting stats every three years.

  • Olive Branch: $82,539
  • Southaven: $59,612
  • Horn Lake: $29,982
  • DeSoto County: $41,270 

Olive Branch plans to purchase laptop computers, a license plate recognition camera, and a fingerprint ID system. Horn Lake police Chief Darrel Whaley says his department will use the money to purchase 10 to 12 updated hand held radios.

Southaven Assistant Police Chief Steve Pirtle says the money will also help to fund their next project.

"We're working on a computer software system that's gonna allow us to communicate directly with all the other agencies in the county," Pirtle said.

County officials say they will be in charge of making sure that all purchases are fully accounted for by each city.  DeSoto County will use its funds to hire a full-time intake officer for juvenile court to help handle a 500 case processing backlog.

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