West Point Police Department received a grant last week for new breath alcohol testing equipment to begin use by 2016.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation notified WPPD, along with all other police and sheriff’s departments, that the Intoxilyzer 5000 would have to be replaced by the upgraded Intoxilyzer 9000. The Intoxilyzer 9000 will be an approved instrument for breath alcohol testing in Georgia beginning January 1, 2016. Agencies will still use the Intoxilyzer 5000 until all officers are trained on the new equipment.
The new equipment cost the department $7,998.
The funds would have had to come from WPPD’s budget, however, the department applied to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act- 2013 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program Grant (JAG) and was awarded $9,000 from the 2013 Law Enforcement Intoxilyzer Instrument Transition Program for the purchase of the Intoxilyzer 9000 and supplies to support the breath alcohol testing machine.
The police department received the new machine on Oct. 21, and all officers will have to be trained on its use before it is put into operation.
Representatives with the West Point Police Department said they are pleased to be awarded the grant.
“This will certainly save the department some money and make the officers more efficient and proficient in making driving under the influence (DUI) arrests,” said Chief Jeff Cato.