Jasper County’s Law Enforcement Sales Tax Grant Board gave away most of the money it had available to allocate at a meeting on Tuesday and will meet later this month to consider one last request from Missouri Southern State University.

Jasper County’s Law Enforcement Sales Tax Grant Board gave away most of the money it had available to allocate at a meeting on Tuesday and will meet later this month to consider one last request from Missouri Southern State University.


The Carthage Police Department received $11,100 of the $147,000 that was awarded on Tuesday.


The department received everything it asked for, including $5,400 for improvements and new targets for its target shooting range, two spike strip systems, used to stop vehicles running from cops by deflating their tires, for $1,600; repairs to the department’s command bus totaling $1,600 and a gymnasium treadmill for $2,500.


The board had questions for some departments and held off approving some awards until representatives of those departments could come to the meeting.
It tabled a request from the Missouri Southern State University police force for two used patrol cars, and uniforms totaling between $30,000 and $36,000 depending on the option the board chooses.


Southern’s director of security, Ken Kennedy was asked to submit a complete budget for his department, one of the requirements other departments have to follow to be considered for the grants.


The board said it had a $181,746.48 to allocate in 2013, which was more than enough to approve all the requests submitted by the departments.


For the Jasper Police Department, the board approved a new patrol car, a 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit Vehicle, at a total cost of $23,314.


For Sarcoxie, the board approved a used patrol vehicle from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, valued at $16,000, a new dash camera for $1,495, two new Tasers and accessories for $1,912.75, and two radar sets for $3590.


Oronogo Police received two Taser sets, two radar sets and two “Toughbook” in-car computers for a total of $15,650.57.