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Grant funds mobile radios

The South Boston Police Department has been awarded a $55,604 grant to purchase more technologically advanced mobile radios, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II announced in Richmond on Wednesday.

The grant monies will be used for purchasing mobile radios that will update technology at the dispatch center and in patrol vehicles to make it possible for dispatchers and other officers to see the unit number of any officer talking on the radio system.

South Boston Police Captain B. K. Lovelace said Thursday the grant monies will be used to assist his department in replacing its radio system.

The new radios will have a greater capacity with increased signal strength, according to Lovelace.

South Boston Police also will install communications equipment at a location in town limits, which would correct a communications issue officers have being unable to communicate with each other or dispatch when they enter the hospital building.

The South Boston Police Department was one of 106 law enforcement agencies statewide that were awarded $33 million in grant monies on Wednesday. 

The money is part of the attorney general’s $115 in criminal asset forfeiture his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit received from its 2012 Abbott Labs fraud settlement.