Benton police awarded grants
Article Author: Emily Dilbeck
Benton will receive $5,000 for “High Visibility Law Enforcement Campaigns,” $14,999 for a “Network Coordinator,” and $18,900 for “Impaired Driving Enforcement.”
Rocky King, Benton City Police Chief, said the 5,000 grant for High Visibility will be used to help pay for overtime when several Officers are needed to patrol a specific area. He went on to say the grant for Impaired Driving Enforcement will be used to help pay for highway checkpoints in Polk County or when Officers are needed to help aid checkpoints in surrounding counties.
Detective Ken Ritenour explained that the Coordination grant will be used to allow Benton Police to work closely with the Governor’s Highway Safety Department. This will mean that Officers can attend GHSO meetings and classes in order to stay up to date with policies and practices.
Ritenour added, “[the Department] is grateful to received this grant money. It enables a small department more resources and will pay for additional hours to better protect and serve our County without putting a burden on local taxpayers.”
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