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Greenville police sharing grant money with Pitt County Sheriff's Office

Published: Jun. 23, 2016 at 9:22 PM EDT
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Funding to help local law enforcement buy much needed equipment has been awarded to one police department, but the department plans to also share that award with the sheriff's office.

The Greenville Police Department has earned the 2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

They'll receive $62,800 that can be used for the prevention and the control of crime.

Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman says they plan to use $31,000 to purchase body cameras and enhancement software. So far about half of their officers have body cameras now.

The other $31,000 they'll split with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, who hopes to buy necessities they couldn't afford in their budgets.

"We're trying to put this grant funding to work the best that we can," says Chief Holtzman. "Body cameras are really the way to go nowadays. It will build the transparency and the trust in the community."

"In addition to our annual budget we get from our county commissioners, this is another opportunity for us to buy equipment and use it for technology as well," Sheriff Neil Elks says.

Funding distribution for the Justice Assistance Grant is based on population, crime statistics, and law enforcement expenditure data.