Lakewood police granted funds to run targeted enforcement
Posted by [replacer_a] November 12, 2008 08:07AM
Lakewood residents will see targeted enforcement for specific offenses thanks to a grant from the University Hospitals Health Systems/Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.
During specific times set by the grant for the rest of this year and next year, additional enforcement of laws regarding speeding, running red lights, seat belt and child restrain usage, school zone violations and drunk driving will take place.
The police department has applied for, and received, this grant in the past and has run programs geared toward stemming aggressive driving.
The $8,356 grant also calls for education programs and coordinates the police efforts throughout the county.
Additional police officers will be paid with money from the grant to saturate patrol areas.
"It funds additional officers to be on the street for one effort," said Police Chief Tim Malley. "Those officers on patrol will all be looking for the same crime."
Most scheduled programs will take place during holidays such as St. Patrick's Day, the Fourth of July, graduation weekends and New Year's.
The next upcoming effort will be to stop drinking and driving during Thanksgiving weekend.
"It's a big travelling weekend," Malley said. "A lot of kids are coming home from college and a lot of people are out and about."