Police Chief: Stimulus Dollars Can Make City Safer

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The Grand Junction Police Department is hoping federal stimulus dollars can help fund a project that it says will help different agencies communicate better and keep the streets safer.

Monday night, the Grand Junction City Council gave the department approval to apply for a $254,568 federal stimulus grant to help pay for a new Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System.

Officials say because local agencies like the police department, sheriff's office, and jail currently use different systems, officers do not have access to all the information that they need when they're patrolling the streets. They say in many cases, that can lead to a criminal getting away.

Officials say they have been working on this project for a long time and are hopeful the dollars will come their way.

"Tonight was an important step, but a small step," said Grand Junction Police Chief Bill Gardner. "We have federal money that has come down through the economic recovery act and we can get a little over a quarter of a million dollars towards this enormous conversion."

The total cost of the new system is about $3.7 million. Police officials say they're working on applying for other stimulus grants to fund other projects as well.

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