Hamlet gets grants for police gear


HAMLET — The city was awarded a grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to assist in the funding needed to outfit the entire Hamlet Police Department with body-worn cameras.

“The Auxiliary Board at Sandhills Regional Medical Center has also contacted us letting us know that they would like to make a $3,000 donation to assist the Hamlet Police Department with purchasing any needed equipment,” Hamlet City Manager Marcus Abernethy said in a press release. “In a discussion with Hamlet Police Chief Scott Waters, we decided the most immediate need would be safety vests.

“Bulletproof safety vests have a service life of five years, and then they must be replaced. Next year will require the replacement of safety vests for the entire Hamlet Police Department, and this donation from the auxiliary board will assist Hamlet tremendously in the replacement of those vests.”

Abernethy said the city of Hamlet is very appreciative of both the assistance from the Governor’s Crime Commission and the donation from the Sandhills Auxiliary Board.