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June 29th, 2009
Doggett secures law enforcemet funding

 

Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff (left) and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (right).

STAFF REPORT

Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) recently announced $40,000 in federal funding that was secured for the Hays County Sheriff’s Office. The funds will be used to purchase new radios for the Hays County Jail.

“This funding will replace outdated, inadequate equipment to ensure more effective communication and the safety of dedicated deputies,” Doggett said. “I appreciate the leadership of Sheriff Ratliff and look forward to continuing to work with him and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.”

Said Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff, “We appreciate Congressman Doggett’s leadership in supporting Hays County. We desperately needed to replace these radios, which the county acquired as hand-me-downs eight years ago and are now probably 20 years old. This new equipment will help ensure the safety of the community, our jail personnel, and the inmates, by allowing the jailers and officers to communicate effectively and to respond quickly to incidents requiring timely action.”

Doggett said he is also working with the department to obtain funding for more officers to patrol Hays County, through a pending grant for the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Recovery Program. An announcement on this is expected later in the summer.

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