Pulaski County gets grant for traffic enforcement

News-Leader staff • July 30, 2009

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release that it was awarded a traffic enforcement contract for $12,486 through the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Division, for the upcoming 2010 fiscal year. Funds will be used for special traffic enforcement overtime pay.

The award for 2010 is the same as the traffic enforcement grant that we recently completed for the 2009 fiscal year. Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office will work this enforcement grant on their days off, holidays, or vacation time for overtime pay.

“We are very happy to have received this grant award for a number of reasons,” said Sheriff J.B. King in the news release. “First and foremost we have lost many deputies over the past several years due to our low pay scale. A grant of this nature gives us a chance to add additional money to the yearly salary of the deputies.
“In return on the days when these deputies are working on the traffic detail we have extra people on the air in uniform and if something major happens we have immediate backup for the on duty deputies. We also realize that whenever you make large numbers of traffic stops you will find people with active warrants, people transporting illegal drugs, stolen vehicles, and a host of other violations so the benefit of this grant will extend beyond mere traffic enforcement.”