Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $105,000 grant to improve the capability of the state’s law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest criminals and make communities safer.

The grant will enable the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Fusion Center to share information with law enforcement agencies more easily and improve the ability of law enforcement agencies to locate criminals and track crimes.

“Our police officers, sheriff’s deputies and investigators put in long hours protecting and serving our communities,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to provide this funding to increase the capability of law enforcement agencies to share vital information that will solve crimes and help catch criminals.”

The improved system is part of ALEA’s efforts to consolidate and combine data centers and technologies since the agency was formed in 2015. The Fusion Center serves as a repository for criminal and crime information, leads and tips.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the program from funds made available to the state from the U.S. Department of Justice.