Attorney General John O’Connor announced that law enforcement agencies in our state are receiving grants.
68 agencies receive thousands of dollars in government funding. Some agencies are looking at ways to spend the money, while others plan to advance their technology.
The SAFE Oklahoma Grant was created to help government agencies fight crime in their communities.
A total of $2 million will be distributed across the state.
After 10 years of existence, the SAFE Oklahoma Grant received a record number of applicants.
“Drones with brand new portable radios, thermal imaging cameras, forensic software and patrol vehicles all in one department,” Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor said.
The Oklahoma City Police Department receives $400.00. The money will help the Goofy department fund an overtime program.
“They really go out and knock on doors in the neighborhoods that we’ve identified where the problems are and talk to people and say, ‘What are the problems, what would you like to see?’ And how would you like us to direct your efforts,” said Oklahoma City Police Department Chief Wade Gourley.
The Tulsa Police Department also received $400,000. His money goes to his Gun Crime Unit and other initiatives.
“With this money we can help victims of human trafficking, escape orders and narcotics. These are all factors in the violence we are seeing in the city,” said Tulsa Police Department Chief Wendell Franklin.
With $59,000, the Norman Police Department will remodel their lab.
“We’re buying a Farro machine to better document crime scenes. It requires a full scan of the crime scene and for us to take measurements we have everything,” said Chief of Police Kevin Foster of the Norman Police Department.
Pauls Valley was awarded $12,000 to speed up fingerprint processing.
“With this money we can now buy a so-called live scan machine. This is an automatic fingerprint machine; It connects us directly to OSBI and FBI. “We’ve been doing manual fingerprinting for many, many, many years,” said Police Chief Mitch McGill of the Pauls Valley Police Department.
The attorney general said the grants would be awarded over a one-year period and were not guaranteed ongoing funding.