Salisbury Police Awarded Grants

SALISBURY – The City Council faced a lengthy consent agenda this week but was happy to accept the list of donations and grant funds to benefit the city’s fire and police department.

The City Council started off Tuesday’s legislative session by approving a couple of resolutions to accept donations to the Salisbury Fire Department (SFD) to enhance capabilities in providing effective and efficient delivery of fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the city.

First on the list was to accept the donation of a 2012 Ford Explorer to serve as a pool/fleet vehicle, valued at $36,000, and a Scott-Hush Series air compressor, valued at $26,000.

The council also approved a resolution to accept the donation of a Freightliner/Hackney Mobile Air Unit to serve as an air/utility vehicle, valued at $228,000 and a Ford F 350 XL/DPC Brush Truck to serve as a Wild-land Urban Interface firefighting vehicle, valued at $95,000.

Next on the table was a list of grant funds to be accepted by resolution for the Salisbury Police Department (SPD). Police Chief Barbara Duncan submitted the following grant approval requests.

A resolution was made to accept $6,000 in grant funds from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). These funds are to be used for overtime reimbursement for an officer assisting in OCDETF investigations, strategic initiatives and prosecutions.

A resolution to accept grant funds from the OCDETF Program in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) in the amount of $17,000.

A resolution was made to accept funds in the amount of $3,990 in cooperation with the Maryland Office of Highway Safety. These funds will provide for overtime reimbursement to police officers participating in a special safety enforcement program titled "DUI Enforcement.”

A resolution was made to accept funds in the amount of $4,950 in cooperation with the Maryland Office of Highway Safety to provide for overtime reimbursement to police officers participating in a safety enforcement program titled "Motorcycle Enforcement" during Delmarva Bike Week 2013.

A resolution to accept funds in the amount of $4,950 in cooperation with the Maryland Office of Highway Safety to provide for overtime reimbursement to police officers participating in a special safety enforcement program titled "Comprehensive Enforcement," targeting the reduction of the occurrence of drivers demonstrating a conscious disregard for safety on the streets and highways in the City of Salisbury.

A resolution to accept grant funds in the amount of $1,120 in cooperation with the Maryland Office of Highway Safety, to provide for overtime reimbursement to police officers participating in a special safety enforcement program titled “Smooth Operator", which will target reducing the occurrence of aggressive drivers demonstrating a conscious disregard for safety on the streets and highways of the City of Salisbury.

A resolution allowing the SPD to accept a grant in the amount of $2,500 from the NADDI (National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators). This grant is intended to assist in funding prescription drug fraud investigations.

A resolution was offered to accept grant funds from the OCDETF Program in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the amount of $25,000 to be used for overtime reimbursement for officers assisting in OCDETF investigations, strategic initiatives and prosecutions.

The City Council voted unanimously, with Council Vice President Deborah Campbell and Councilwoman Laura Mitchell absent, to approve all the above resolutions.

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