HURRICANE — Police in this southern Utah town will receive a $12,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase thermal imaging equipment.

The devices are portable and can scan for body heat, said police spokesman Ken Perkins.

The Hurricane Police Department is one of 13 Utah police agencies to receive $33 million in homeland security grants awarded to first responders across the nation. Others include: the Carbon County Sheriff's Office and Syracuse Fire Department received grants to purchase chemical detection kits; Provo police will use funds to purchase a night vision security kit; the Draper and Layton police departments will purchase portable video surveillance systems.