Shawnee police, sheriff’s office partner for grant monies

The Shawnee Police Department and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office are again partnering up for another Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG).  This is a new 2010 solicitation where money is given to agencies for assistance in fighting crime.    This solicitation is for $27,563 and will be used for purchasing items such as mini cameras, ballistic shields, entry tools, flashlights, and ammunition, to name a few items.  The Shawnee Police Department will use $13,540 of the funding and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office will use the remaining $14,023.  In the past, both agencies partnered up for other Byrnes Grants. In 2007, $22,583.00 was used for tasers and reimbursement for some overtime pay. Then in 2009 both agencies shared another 25,918 with the local solicitation and another $143,736 in stimulus funding.  Both agencies have benefited greatly with the Edwards Byrne Memorial Funding that was named after a New York City Police Officer who was murdered while on duty in the early 1980s.

Anyone with questions can call Chris Thomas, administrator of support services at SPD, at 878-1638, or Deputy Chad Pope at 275-2526.