Monday, Feb. 5, 2017- St. Marys City Council accepted a check for $3 thousand from Aftermath. Chief Hatch accepted the award on behalf of the St. Marys police department for a grant from Aftermath.
The city had participated in an online grant for a program event, sponsored by Aftermath, for an award in a nationwide competition. Throughout the competition, SMPD placed third and received a $3 thousand grant.
The online grant is to support the K-9 police unit program in a nationwide competition. Five awards are given to cities across the country. This year, first place award was given to a small community in Illinois and the second place finisher was in New Mexico. Both communities had a population of around 15,000 people.
Aftermath services is a nationwide biohazard mediation company whose focal point is crime scene cleanup with biological fluids, such as blood. The company conducts a yearly K-9 award program to construct awareness within the law enforcement community.
Over 3 thousand law enforcement agencies participated in the competition, and over 300,000 votes were cast, which St. Marys came in third with over 20,000 votes. The overall winner received 35,000 votes.
CEO of Aftermath, Doug Berto, said it is, “incredibly impressive that you’re able to generate such support for your department.”
Smaller communities, like St. Marys, receive more recognition than bigger cities since there is more of a personal interaction with the police unit, suggests Berto.
Berto stated, “Miami, Florida received an honorable mention this year,” and that they came in around seventh or eighth place in the competition.
The city council was grateful for the award, and Chief Hatch indicated they would continue to compete in the program in the future.
Reporter – Jacob Coldren – AllOnGeorgia Camden & Glynn Counties