According to District Attorney Mike O’Dell, the Major Crimes Unit was recently awarded a grant by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) in the amount of $17,700.
District Attorney Chief Investigator Josh Summerford, who serves as the director of the Major Crimes Unit, said the grant is being used to equip investigators assigned to the Unit with digital cameras, digital recorders, computer tablets, crime scene processing kits and tools, and metal detectors. Some of the grant funds will also be used for training.
O’Dell said, “The Major Crimes Unit was established in October of last year as a cooperative effort between the District Attorney’s Office, Cedar Bluff Police Department, Centre Police, Leesburg Police, and the Sheriff’s Office, in order to combine resources and improve communication to better investigate major crimes in Cherokee County.”
Summerford said, “The investigations by the Major Crimes Unit have been very successful so far because of diligent efforts of investigators and open communications between investigators.”
O’Dell said he appreciates Rep. Richard Lindsey and ADECA for their assistance in the grant process. O’Dell also praised the cooperative spirit between the law enforcement agencies involved in the Major Crimes Unit.