Grant awarded to BCPD for security system
The Baldwin City Police Department has been making a number of upgrades in the past few months, both in its equipment and the building.
But the department's newest upgrade will allow it to better protect other recent improvements.
BCPD learned at the end of May that it was awarded a $10,000 2003 Homeland Security Grant, one which will allow the department to install a new security system.
"When we applied, we felt it would be an improvement for the police department and the city to have a modern security system for the department," Police Chief Mike McKenna said.
"Recently we're in the process of making changes here in the department and updating a lot of our equipment," he said. "Since it's not possible to have someone in the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the other alternative is to have an alarm system preserve the safety of that equipment."
The Homeland Security Grant is available to city agencies throughout the United States. McKenna said 26 agencies in Douglas County -- including law enforcement, fire, medical and public works -- were eligible to apply for the grant.
He said nearly $326,000 was allotted to Douglas County, a majority of which was used for a county mobile command unit. The remainder was distributed to agencies to use for improvements in departments or equipment.
"This does not involve matching funds," he said. "We do not have to contribute anything to this.
"I think it's a big reward for Baldwin to get this to make these improvements," he said. "And at no cost to the city, this is a golden egg."
McKenna said these types of funds have been available to county agencies since 1998.
"Last year, when I came here and assumed this position was when we applied for it," he said. "Up until then, the department had never participated in or received any money from these funds."
He said he hoped the department is able to take advantage of the grant again.
"My intention is to pursue more funding for 2004," he said.