Archive for Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Area law enforcement agencies receive anti-crime stimulus funds

October 21, 2009


The Lawrence Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Eudora Police Department recently were awarded more than $300,000 in anti-crime stimulus funding through the federal 2009 Recovery Act.

The Lawrence Police Department is the administrator of the funding, which will be used for:

• Lawrence Police: $278,240 for the purchase of 44 handheld and 33 mobile digital radios, which will assist the agency in meeting a federal mandate to transition to digital radios by 2013.

• Douglas County Sheriff’s Office: $19,505 to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AED). The money will allow the agency to replace all of its AEDs by the end of 2009.

• Eudora Police: $10,000 for the purchase of four AEDs, a laptop with mapping software for accident investigations, a projector for training and a hand-held radar gun.

The grant is part of more than $4 billion awarded to local and state law enforcement agencies through the 2009 Recovery Act.

For more information, visit the Bureau of Justice Assistance.


slowplay 8 years, 6 months ago

This is good news if they purchase from or through a local supplier.

Beelzebub 8 years, 6 months ago

OK...let's be sure to blame Obama if crime doesn't go away. $300,000 but LJW buries this story...

skinny 8 years, 6 months ago

Reference the LPD mandate for switching to digital radios, the deadline is for narrowband, NOT DIGITAL. The misconception about a digital requirement for Public Safety comes from 2 sides. First, the TV switch to digital to free up the spectrum for reassignment to public safety use (01-01-2013). Second, there are some grant requirements for digital operations on some new systems funded by these grants. Basically, if you use a federal grant for a digitial system it must be P-25 compliant. So, let’s get our facts straight before posting them in the newspaper!

skinny 8 years, 6 months ago

Smitty, P-25 is a digital transmission vs an analog one, they are all on a trunked system. I might be wrong on this one but I believe the 911 center was just updated so only the radios are going to be updated to digital.

justthefacts 8 years, 6 months ago

Will any of the funds be used for additional video cameras in vehicles or tasers? Those things are really boons to law enforcement AND citizens (e.g. a video camera that goes on at every stop has helped get rid of officers who misbehave).

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