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What police will fund with state grant

The state-funded traffic unit for Gainesville and Hall County received funding for a third year, which pays for three officers and their vehicles.

The Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant for $500,000 was announced in February 2017. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office has two officers, and Gainesville Police has one.

“The Hall County/Gainesville HEAT Unit has been a great success in keeping the roadways of Hall County safer,” Sheriff’s Office Lt. Todd Casper wrote in an email.

The grant was awarded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, which is granting $117,615.20 of federal funds for fiscal year 2019.

Casper said the money covers the three officers’ salary, benefits, gas and car maintenance for the three patrol vehicles.

The highway safety office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration must give prior written approval before the money can be used to purchase equipment worth $5,000 or more.

The start date for the grant is Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2019.

“All allowable costs incurred during this period will be reimbursed at a rate of 100 percent of the awarded federal amount listed above,” according to a letter to Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch from the highway safety office.

The grant requires no local matching funds.