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CPD receives $117,000 in grants

By Katherine R. Dougan

clinton policeThe Mississippi Office of Homeland Security (MOHS) has awarded the Clinton Police Department two grants totaling $117,000, Police Chief Ford Hayman announced at the October 19 Board of Aldermen meeting.

“This is the Homeland Security Grant that is specific to the bomb team,” Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman explained to the Board. “This is awarded to them every year from Homeland. This is a little bit more money; this year, it is $100,000. Generally, it is between $50,000 and $60,000. It is my understanding that they have a need for new radar devices.” Hayman explained that the squad uses the radar in some capacity to explore devices that are found.

The $100,000 grant will be used for equipment related to the City’s Explosive Ordnance Department, or EOD. The 2021 grant funds cover the rental of a storage building, cell phones for the squad, PPE equipment, a bomb suit, costs for Hazardous Devices School, and new radar devices.

In addition to the 2021 $100,000 grant, CPD received an additional $17,000 to be used to purchase equipment for the SWAT Team, including a single-lead headset, an APX radio adapter, rail headset connectors and an entry shield.

“It’s that time of year, when our Homeland Security grants are coming through this Board,” Hayman explained. The Board voted unanimously to accept the grant.

As one of only four Explosive Ordnance Departments in the state, CPD applies for and receives yearly grants from Homeland to ensure the EOD, commonly known as the bomb squad, is up-to-date with the latest equipment and technology available. The annual grant is used for operational costs, such as the building lease, communication equipment and training.

In 2020, CPD received $147,000 in grants from Homeland Security and the National Rifle Association (NRA), which were used to purchase a truck adequate for hauling the heavy equipment trailer. That same year, the $4,000 NRA grant provided funds to purchase EM Peltor COMTAC communication headsets for the CPD SWAT team.

In 2019, CPD received grant funds to use for setting up a training school.

“The [training] school was shut down for the year because of COVID-19,” Hayman explained. Since the money received couldn’t be used for training in 2019, the Board approved in October 2020 for CPD to use the 2019 Homeland Security Grant Award to purchase a 2021 Kubota ATV utility vehicle for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team. The vehicle is used for transport during EOD operations.

CPD applies for and receives a yearly grant per the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, or MOHS, State Administrative Agency, or SAA, awards the grant according to the federal amount per year.



 

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