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Eudora police receive two recent grants

October 22, 2009

The Eudora Police Department received grants totaling $12,500 in the last month.

The first grant the department received, which was written by Sgt. Grady Walker, was a $10,000 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

Police Chief Greg Dahlem said the money would be used to purchase four automated external defibrillators, a laptop with mapping software for accident investigation, a projector to use for training and a hand-held radar gun.

“With this grant, we’re getting $10,000 worth of equipment that we really need and wanted to buy,” Dahlem said. “I would hope the community would love that the research was done and that we were rewarded with this grant because it helps us out and it helps the community out.”

Five cars now have the defibrillators and the four to be purchased will equip the remaining cars that don’t have them.

The second grant was a $2,500 Kansas Department of Health and Environment Safe Kids Kansas grant for bicycle safety.

Dahlem said the department would work with Safe Kids Douglas County and the Eudora USD 491 on implementation of the grant, which was written by USD 491 prevention specialist Chrissy Mayer.

Some of the funds will be used to organize a bike rodeo, where helmets will be passed out to children. The event is tentatively scheduled for April.

“We’re going to be helping a lot of people who need helmets for their kids but normally can’t afford them,” Dahlem said. “As a police department, we wouldn’t be able to get the helmets without this grant. So, it’s a good way to get people out and visit with officers in the department and see that it’s not always about putting bad guys in jail. It’s also about helping out the community.”

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