UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- Local Brazos County law enforcement agencies have joined together to apply for a grant from the United States Department of Justice.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant supports local law enforcement agencies, with specifics requests to meet department needs, to improve or enhance law enforcement programs.
Together College Station Police, Bryan Police and the Brazos County Sheriff's Office is applying for more than $73,000.
"Especially in a time like this, with the economy the way it is, you know, these are items that we need but we don't necessarily have in our budget to purchase so this is a way for us to still be able to accomplish what we need to do and it not have direct impact on our yearly budget," said College Station Assistant Chief Brandy Norris.
The College Station Department wants new surveillance equipment, a drug incinerator and optical equipment for the SWAT team.
Bryan wants to purchase equipment for the department's Tactical Response Unit and the Brazos County Sheriff's office wants tasers.
The departments should know by fall if they will receive the money.