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Valdosta HEAT is on

October 4, 2006

Valdosta - The H.E.A.T. is on in Valdosta to cut down on traffic violations and drunk driving.

The Valdosta Police Department has been awarded a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant from the Governors Office of Highway Safety.

The H.E.A.T. grant for over $200,000 will provide the department with new equipment to go toward traffic unit. 
"It provides funding for 3 fully equipped police cars, everything in the car, radar, laser DUI Detection equipment plus the standard equipment you have in a police car," says Capt. Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department.

The grant also provides funding to hire two new officers dedicated to the H.E.A.T. team and cover their salaries for the next three years.  City Council has agreed to keep the new team on once the grant funds expire.  The Police Department will also move one of their current officer to the H.E.A.T. unit.

They expect the new cars and equipment in 30 to 60 days.

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