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The Carthage Press
  • LEST grant board awards funds

  • 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.
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  • 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.

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