Sheriff’s office gets Homeland Security grant

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$23K will fund new emergency system

By Jesef Williams

County residents will soon be informed more quickly when certain emergencies happen.

On Friday, Feb. 22, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced that it has received a $23,500 grant from the state’s Office of Homeland Security.

The money will pay for a new emergency notification system that allows local emergency officials to send reverse 911 calls to residents, according to a sheriff’s office media release.

Personnel will be able to send recorded messages about missing people, weather emergencies and crime alerts, among other emergency occurrences.

“Residents will also be able to register their cellular phones with the system to receive the messages,” the release said.

The sheriff’s office applied for the grant in November 2012 and presented a proposal to the Homeland Security Council in December.

Sheriff Barry Faile said he’s extremely pleased to get this grant, especially since his office didn’t have to rely on county funds.

“This system will be very beneficial to all of the emergency service agencies in the county,” Faile said in the release.

“We will be able to quickly inform the public of emergency situations. Technology is always changing and we (are) always excited when new technology is obtained that improves our quality of service.”

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152