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June 9, 2014

Grant funds to buy Tasers for police department

GREENVILLE — Grant money may be used to purchase new tasers for the Greenville Police Department and new computers for the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled to conduct a public hearing Tuesday, before voting on whether to apply for funds through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The hearing and vote are part of Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In a memo to the council, Greenville Police Chief Daniel J. Buskin noted the City of Greenville has been a recipient of the JAG funds on numerous occasions.

“Hunt County is a disparate partner of the City of Greenville,” Busken explained. “It is the City of Greenville’s responsibility, in this particular grant, to allocate funds to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office. The direct allocation to the City of Greenville for 2014 is $15,366.”

The police department has been working with the sheriff’s office in determining this year’s allocation amounts.

“It is recommended that the City of Greenville maintain 60 percent, or $9,269, of the funding and re-allocate 40 percent, or $6,097, to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office,” Busken said.

The police department would purchase the equipment necessary to outfit eight additional officers with Electronic Control Devices (TASERS) along with additional replacement cartridges.

“The Electronic Control Devices are a less than lethal force option for officers,” Busken said. “Hunt County is requesting their allocation to pay for laptop computers for their sworn personnel.”

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