Sheriff’s office receives KDOT grant

The Brown County Sheriff’s office announced Tuesday, Sept. 4, that they received a Kansas Department of Transportation grant for participating multiple campaigns.

“I am very pleased to announce that the Brown County Sheriffs Office has been notified by KDOT that we have been awarded a $3,181 traffic safety grant,” said Brown County Sheriff John Merchant. “This grant was earned through deputies participating in the Click-It-Or-Ticket and the You Drink, You Drive, You Lose campaigns.”

According to Merchant, in order to be eligible for the equipment award, agencies had to participate in both enforcement actions.

“The award of $3,181 can be used by the Sheriff’s office to purchase traffic related equipment, which enhances our ability to provide vehicle interdiction more effectively and safer,” Sheriff Merchant said.

These campaigns, sponsored by KDOT provide overtime reimbursement for deputies choosing to work over and above their regularly scheduled shift, which allows for more officers on the road without creating a financial burden to law enforcement entity budgets.

Seventy-two law enforcement agencies across Kansas were eligible for an equipment award, which averaged $2,776 per agency.

“We appreciate KDOT working with law enforcement to provide these opportunities for law enforcement to put more officers on the roads and to provide an avenue to purchase equipment, which many agencies may not be able to afford,” Sheriff Merchant said.

In August 2018, the Brown County Sheriff’s deputies had over 647 calls for service.

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