Four months ago, the Parrish PD was approved for a $17,491 grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
The funds bought the department four tactical vests, four ballistics helmets, three door rams, two ballistic shields, an ATV and a GPS tracking system for its police cruisers.
It also paid for a walk-through metal detector, which will be used at city hall for city court.
The grant also allowed the officers to purchase five automatic electronic defibrillators. Parrish Police Chief Nick Smith said the AEDs are probably the most prized in the list of new equipment.
“We may be able to potentially save someone’s life,” he said.
The money for the equipment was made available through unused funds from Homeland Security grants across the state.
Smith said he and his staff are grateful for Shirrell Roberts, legal counsel for the state Department of Homeland Security who worked directly with Smith to secure the funds. Smith said Rep. Richard Baughn (R-Lynn) was pivotal in helping the Parrish PD secure the grant.
Parrish police were also able to get a Humvee thanks to a program that gives military surplus items to law enforcement agencies.
The military program also provided six cameras, four laptop computers and six sets of tactical goggles.
“We’re excited about getting this equipment into officers’ hands so we can put it into good use,” Smith said.