Eight police departments and the sheriff’s department in Oklahoma County received 2009 Justice Department stimulus grants. Canadian and Cleveland County jurisdictions were awarded about $300,000.
The amounts were based on crime statistics and population.
“These are things we wouldn’t have been able to purchase otherwise,” said Bethany Police Chief Phil Cole. His department received about $34,000 in stimulus grant funds. “This gave us some breathing room.”
Cole said the money paid for 23 Tasers, in-car video cameras and computer equipment.
In Oklahoma City, the money is being used to finance officers’ salaries, according to federal stimulus data.
So far, city officials have spent about $580,000 on the salaries of part-time workers for sex offender registration and $517,000 for overtime pay for gang reduction and traffic enforcement programs. About $1.4 million in remaining funds will be used during the next two years, stimulus data show.
Source: Vallery Brown for NewsOK.