The Shawnee Police Department is applying for a 2009 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant along with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office. The Shawnee Police Department is seeking equipment to enhance public safety such as radar devices and road spikes and looking to purchase equipment for officer safety such as M-4 rifles, walkie talkie mics and an additional 14 tasers. We are also looking to update technology with cameras and undercover equipment to assist with investigations and to get on board with an electronic ticketing system. This system will allow officer to expedite public contacts and will give them much needed information with the sweep of a driver’s license or a scan of a license tag sticker. The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office is also seeking much basic equipment and a bulk of their request is for investigative purposes. Evidence collection material such as print kits, casting kits, evidence labels, portable fuming chamber and an investigators camera is needed. They are also seeking to obtain 25 Glock pistols to be used by Deputies on patrol. Tasers and road spikes are also being requested. The City of Shawnee was given an individual eligible allocation of $106,831.00, while the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office was given an individual eligible allocation of $36,905., all totaling to $143,736.00. Under this grant however, the two entities must work together and apply for the money total figure of the $143,736.00. This application process must go through only one of the organizations. The Shawnee Police Department and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, through the relationships built between Chief Russell Frantz and Sheriff Mike Booth have come to the following agreement for the funds requested. The City of Shawnee, Police Department will receive $102,065.50 of the allocated money and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office will receive $41,659.05 of the allocated money. The grant will be managed through the Shawnee Police Department with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office. Following is a list of the items being requested by each organization.
Any questions relating to this grant can be submitted to Chris Thomas, Administrator of Support Services of the Shawnee Police Department at 405-878-1638 or Deputy Chad Pope of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office at 405-273-1727