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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 23, 2022) – Earlier this week, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners gave the green light on several business items. Here is a quick look at some of the actions taken: 

Police better prepared for active shooter situations

     Gwinnett Police will get 12-battery operated door rams. The Holmatro rams will be used when responding to an active shooter event by helping officers enter industrial-style locked doors more quickly. Currently, the department relies on battering rams and pry bars to enter locked doors during emergencies. The devices are similar in size to a lawn blower and generate eight tons of force to pry open doors. The cost to the County is $132,049.

Gwinnett DOT applies for grants to connect I-85 communities, study railroad crossing

The County’s Department of Transportation is applying for a $240,000 grant through the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program. If awarded, the County will use the funding to develop a plan to connect the communities north and south of I-85 between the Center Way and Beaver Ruin Road overpasses. The County will match the grant at $60,000 using 2017 SPLOST funds. 

The department will also apply for a $888,000 grant through the Federal Rail Administration's Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program. The funds will be used to study the re-alignment of existing at-grade railroad crossings to improve safety and mobility. An at-grade railroad crosses another railroad or highway on the same level. In addition to the grant funding, the County will provide matching funds of $222,000 from the 2017 SPLOST.


Notes: Media partners, please find the link to B-Roll of the Holmatro battering ram.

An outline of the timecode is below:

  • 00:50 - Members of our Fire and Emergency Services successfully utilizing the ram
  • 2:00 - Members of the Gwinnett County Police SWAT team using the current equipment
  • 7:00 - Members of the SWAT team, using the current equipment and failing to breach the door
  • 7:25 – Members of the SWAT team, successfully using the Holmatro battering ram




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