The Hiram Police Department was one of 141 agencies in Ohio to receive the Public Safety Justice Assistance Law Enforcement Grant from the Ohio Department of Justice.
The $2,437.20 grant will allow the department to purchase four new portable radio units, which the officers badly need, Chief Ed Samec said.
"The current radio inventory does not provide efficiency and effectiveness in the event of a larger-scale emergency," he said. "There's not enough radios for each person to have one and, depending on the geographic location of the incident, they don't have the strength to reach each other."
Samec said he's always looking into grants that are offered at the state and federal level, but some grants have stipulations -- like a certain percentage of crime -- for police to be eligible.
Next, Samec will be looking at ways to fund additional personnel and other equipment the department needs.
"If we can be successful in being awarded grants, we can continue to provide a high level of public safety service to our community without a strain upon our taxpayers," he said.
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