During their regular meeting, the City Council authorized the FS Police Department to file grant applications for two different grant programs.
The first that Chief of Police Ryan Skelton presented was a grant for the “Body Worn Camera Program” for 2018 - 2019. According to Skelton, the grant would allow the department to purchase new body cams.
“We are having a lot of issues, so we would like to switch to a new system,” Skelton said. “This grant will help us do that.”
Skelton explained the grant requires a 20 percent match, and would need to come up with over $1,500. The cameras, he said, would be used in crime scenes and to send links to evidence for the prosecution of cases.
The second grant brought forth by Skelton was for the “Justice Assistance Grant Program” for 2018 – 2019, which he said could be used to pay for the integration of one reporting system.
“We are currently running two reporting systems,” said Skelton. “We want to go down to one platform with a mobile platform, and we will also need an interface.”
Skelton said this would help the department cut back on the redundant paperwork that it causes, and that all historical data would need to be backed up. Skelton also discussed a need for updated laptop computers in the patrol cars, which could also be paid for by the grant.
The council unanimously authorized the FSPD to apply for both grants.