HENRY COUNTY, GA - December 28, 2017 - The Henry County Police Department (HCPD) is once again proud to announce the award of a matching funds grant from the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) for $32,475.84, to be part of the “Metro-Atlanta Multi-Jurisdictional DUI Task Force." Henry County is eligible for this grant each year based on fully compliant previous administration of prior years, and specifically in order to combat continued issues with serious injuries and fatalities on county roadways.

The purpose of the H.E.A.T. Unit (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) is to enforce State of Georgia DUI, Speeding and Aggressive Driving laws and to educate on the importance of Occupant Safety (seat belts and child restraints) to the citizens and visitors of Henry County. By maintaining this valuable state-wide collaborative program, the Henry County Police Department hopes to encourage continued support of the citizens in the department's tireless pursuit of safer roadways for area motorists and their families.

The renewal grant has been in effect since October 1, 2017 and will cease on September 30, 2018. The officers involved in this project are veteran HEAT officers Sergeant John Mathis and Officer Kenneth Palmer and new HEAT personnel, Officers Tyler Stone and William Parks. One hundred percent of their time will be devoted to making the roadways of Henry County safer for citizens, employees, commuters and visitors.

Sgt. Mathis and his team are particularly motivated in a year when Henry County’s roadway fatalities have surged 23 percent from the prior year. Henry County has suffered 30 roadway fatalities so far in 2017, including nine senior citizens and one toddler. This loss of life is truly tragic, and speaks to the need for strict enforcement of DUI, speed and safety restraint laws. Citizens, commuters and visitors to Henry County should be able to go about their daily business with the knowledge that the Henry County Police Department is truly dedicated to safety and protection on the roadways. However, safe roadways are a partnership between the police department and the community, so please practice defensive, respectful driving, and observe the Georgia Move Over Law whenever you see blue lights on the side of the road.

Should you need additional information regarding this grant, please contact Sgt. John Mathis with the Henry County Police Department’s HEAT Unit at 770-288-8293 or Kimberly Monast at 770-288-8133.

“The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is a full partner in this program.”