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         Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., announced today that Wyoming law enforcement and emergency responders will soon receive funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to buy security equipment such as surveillance systems, thermal imagery tools, night vision monocular kits, rescue kits and video detectives.

        "It is essential that every state, including Wyoming, have the necessary equipment and training to effectively protect and respond to terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies," said Enzi.

        Both the Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office and the Park County Sheriff’s Office will receive new surveillance systems. The Thermopolis Police Department, Douglas Police Department, Uinta County Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will get thermal imagery devices. The Natrona County Fire District will be receiving an AMKUS Rescue System. The City of Cody will get a night vision monocular kit and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will get a video detective system. The new equipment additions total over $115,000 from the Department of Homeland Security.

        The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded over 2,000 equipment and training grants across the United States as a part of the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). The grant money helps provide law enforcement and emergency responders with specialized equipment and training to meet their specific homeland security missions.

        On October 18, 2005, the President signed the Department of Homeland Security

        Appropriations Act of 2006. Since it’s inception, CEDAP has since awarded over $69 million to law enforcement and fire departments throughout the nation to ensure and improve homeland security and safety.

        For more information on CEDAP and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant programs please visit www.dhs.gov.