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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee police receive grant

  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt has awarded more than $900,000 in the second round of grant awards to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies, including a $50,000 grant to the Shawnee Police Department.
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  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt has awarded more than $900,000 in the second round of grant awards to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies, including a $50,000 grant to the Shawnee Police Department.
    “Safe Oklahoma Grants are helping to reduce violent crime across Oklahoma by assisting local law enforcement in protecting our communities,” Pruitt said.
    Chris Thomas, administrator of support services at the Shawnee Police Department, said the money will help with extra patrols.
    “This money will be used for officers to work overtime in combating violent crime and high crime rate areas anywhere in town,” he said. “Officers may be in full uniform and marked police cars, or they may be in plain clothing or unmarked cars. They may perform surveillance, or a variety of tactics to make Shawnee a safer community.”
    “The grants awarded this spring will give our law enforcement agencies the ability to use new techniques to target crime and put more boots on the ground to patrol our neighborhoods,” Pruitt added. “We plan to award additional grant funds later this year to bolster our efforts to reduce violent crime and champion the attitude of zero tolerance.” 


    In addition to this grant, the Shawnee Police Department, along with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, also will benefit from another Edward Byrnes Memorial Grant, which was just was announced.
    The two agencies have been offered $24,987 from the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), which is an equipment grant shared by both agencies that is given by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
    In past years, Shawnee has received equipment for lake rescue operations, Tasers, Ballistic helmets and gas masks and the Sheriff’s Office has been able to purchase crime scene equipment and two newer used vehicles along with many other items.
    Thomas said Sheriff Mike Booth and Chief Russell Frantz have worked very closely over the years to make each year’s Byrnes Grant work effectively in combating crime.
    If anyone has any suggestions about this new grant, they may contact each agency with those suggestions.
    Thomas can be reached at 878-1638 and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s administration line is 275-2526.
     
     
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