La Salle County, Texas Receives Federal COPS Grant to Implement COPsync La Salle County Joining the Nation's Largest Network of Law Enforcement Agencies Sharing Criminal and Offense Data in Real-Time, Direct to the Patrol Car
CANYON LAKE, Texas, Oct. 5, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- COPsync, Inc., a software technology provider to law enforcement and emergency service professionals, is pleased to report that the La Salle County Sheriff's office has entered into a contract with COPsync for the implementation and use of the Company's real-time data collection and information sharing software in the County's patrol vehicles. La Salle County received a grant to implement COPsync(TM) under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program which awards grants to law enforcement agencies to hire and train community policing professionals, acquire and deploy cutting-edge crime-fighting technologies, and develop and test innovative policing strategies. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $12 billion to add community policing officers, enhance crime fighting technology and support crime prevention initiatives.
Sheriff Victor S. Villarreal of La Salle County commented, "With the assistance of COPsync, Inc., our agency has been awarded a $75,000 grant under the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services for implementation of the COPsync(TM) system. Rural areas, such as La Salle County, have traditionally trailed far behind in this area of technology due to lack of funds. Our limited technology infrastructure will soon be a thing of the past. COPsync(TM) will provide our officers unprecedented levels of safety and efficiency. Communication, dissemination of information, and statistical analysis will all improve with COPsync(TM)."
La Salle County is in the Southwest Border HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area). The HIDTA Program helps improve the effectiveness and efficiency of drug control efforts by facilitating cooperation between drug control organizations through resource and information sharing, collocating and implementing joint initiatives. The counties in the Southwest Border HIDTA are Bexar, Cameron, Dimmit, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kinney, La Salle, Starr, Maverick, Val Verde, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, and Zavala counties. Interstate Highway 35 has been declared a major narcotics and human smuggling route into the United States. It is the primary north-south route that affects drug transportation from the Southwest Border HIDTA into the North Texas HIDTA. Law enforcement agencies on these routes would benefit greatly from the COPsync platform which would enable these agencies to work together to curtail narcotics and human smuggling activities.
Additionally, La Salle County is contiguous to Webb and McMullen Counties. Webb and McMullen counties are both utilizing COPsync and both participated in Operation Border Star, the program initiated by the Governor's Office to curtail illegal immigration and the crime associated with it. To date COPsync has successfully assisted its clients in applying for over ten million dollars in Federal and State Grant Funds specifically written to fund the implementation of the COPsync technology. "We are committed to aggressively pursuing funding opportunities for our law enforcement clients and are very optimistic of the grants pending approval by the various Grant Authorities. Our technology meets or exceeds most of the objectives outlined in these grants and, based on this, I believe that we are in a position to see a high number of these Grants successfully approved," stated Shane Rapp, President of COPsync, Inc.
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COPsync Inc. (OTCBB:COYN) is positioned to become one of the fastest growing software technology providers to law enforcement and emergency service professionals worldwide. COPsync, Inc. believes that it is the only law enforcement software provider to provide full data collection and information sharing capabilities to all subscribing agencies in real-time at the point of incident directly to the patrol officer. For more information please visit www.COPsync.com.
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