The Winona Police Department was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.
According to Winona Chief of Police Tommy Bibbs, the funds will be used to purchase tactical gear for the Winona Police Department for a possible active shooter situation. The gear includes body armor, helmets, and holsters.
“Three months ago, I went to Jackson and spoke with Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi), who is the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee,” Bibbs said. “There was a National Security training in Jackson at the Federal Building in Jackson.”
Bibbs said the $30,000 grant requires no matching funds from the city.
“I want the police department to be well prepared and equipped in the event of an active shooter,” Bibbs said. I work hard and the city backs me in trying to get the equipment the officers need. The safety of the citizens of Winona is a top priority.”