Sheriff’s department updating equipment

By Melanie Wilkinson

Published: Monday, May 18, 2009 5:36 AM CDT
YORK — The York County Sheriff’s Department will be updating some crucial mobile equipment, thanks to two separate grants.

York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff told the county board members this past week that a grant is available for law enforcement equipment through the Nebraska Crime Commission, in the amount of $45,938, to be used toward mobile data terminals and related software that would allow for the writing of electronic citations.

The county board agreed to take money from the inheritance fund to pay for the new equipment — which will be reimbursed when the grant money arrives.

The sheriff’s department has also been awarded a highway safety grant to assist in obtaining two mobile radar units.

According to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek, “the funding will help prevent traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities at various locations throughout the area.”

The mobile radar speed detection equipment provides the department with a state-of-the-art system that will enhance speed control efforts. The office of highway safety awarded York County $1,800 toward that purchase.

“They should be commended for taking advantage of this funding assistance to equip their patrol units with the tools necessary to assure safer streets for the residents and visitors to York County,” Zwonechek said.