MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Monday, Feb. 6, Gov. Kay Ivey announced that all 67 counties in Alabama will be receiving Sheriff’s Grants this year.
In 2023, each of the sheriff’s departments in all the state’s counties will be receiving funds quarterly throughout the year.
“A couple of core tenants of the Ivey administration is that we back the blue in the strongest way possible and that we support upholding our citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” Gov. Ivey said. “As we have amended Alabama law to help our gun owners, we also worked to ensure our sheriffs received their critical funds, and I am proud that these grants will do that.”
The amount of funds each county receives is based on collections that the sheriff’s departments took on pistol permit fees in 2022.
Under the Local Government Pistol Permit Revenue Loss Fund, Alabama sheriffs have to show a loss of pistol permit funds based on the 2022 figures.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is making disbursements to the sheriff’s offices based on reports collected by other state agencies.
“ADECA intends to carry out our duties in this matter to ensure that Alabama’s sheriff’s offices are compensated for their losses based on those shortages provided in the data,” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell.
“The Sheriffs’ Grants will provide [officers] with funding for training, equipment, and other needs not provided by county commissions in their annual appropriations,” added Gov. Ivey. “We are proud to support the vital work our sheriffs’ departments do on a daily basis.”