Archive for Tuesday, November 25, 2003

BCPD awarded grant

Money to be used for equipment

November 25, 2003

The Baldwin City Police Department recently received a much needed grant.

The BCPD was awarded a $2,100 Federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant, which Police Chief Mike McKenna will be used to purchase some needed equipment for the department.

He said two digital cameras and a laptop computer will be bought with the grant.

"We need them very badly," he said.

McKenna said his goal is to eventually be able to provide a digital camera in each patrol car.

"It makes for better documentation of a crime if you have a photograph to look at than just a description," he said. "It helps validate crimes and provide better evidence for district attorneys."

Another goal of the police chief's is to computerize the police department, and he said the laptop will help the BCPD be that much closer to achieving the goal.

"An additional computer for the police department will help offset the cost of any computers we'll get in the future," he said.

With this most recent grant, McKenna said, the department has been awarded more than $10,000 in grant money this year, which has all been used to better equip the department.

"Anything that can be done to help the tax dollars of Baldwin is a step in the right direction," he said.

The grant search is far from over, he said, and the department will continue looking for grant money.

"We will make every effort to apply for any grant we can to reduce the cost to taxpayers in providing the best police protection possible," McKenna said.

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