Madison Township Police pursue grants

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

A foundation powered by the sales of sandwiches could help Madison Township law enforcement with needed equipment if the organization approves the township’s grant application.

Madison Township Police Chief Gary York got the go ahead from the Madison Township trustees during a Feb. 9 meeting to apply for a $35,915 Firehouse Subs grant to purchase safety equipment including ballistic helmets, face shields and equipment holders for officers.

“The grant provides another layer of safety for our officers,” York said.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation provides funds for lifesaving equipment, prevention education, military, disaster relief, scholarships and continuing education for first responders, non-profits, schools and public safety organizations. The foundation was created in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Madison Township Fire Department was on the receiving end of two major matching Assistance to Firefighters grants, according to Chief Derek Robinson.

A $215,409 grant—with the township responsible for $21,540—resulted in the purchase of 28 new self-contained breathing apparatus, 56 air cylinders, 75 face pieces and new voice amplifiers. A $118,517 grant, with the township covering 10 percent of the total, provided the funds to outfit station 181 and 182 with vehicle exhaust removal systems.

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•York said the decision to replace a detective position with a patrol officer to increase coverage on the street and rely on detective services provided at no charge by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department for cases involving violent crimes like murder, rape or robbery.

“It is time-consuming and overwhelming for smaller departments (to handle those types of cases),” said York, who stressed the change will not impact township law enforcement services. Calls for service regarding violent crimes will still be covered by local officers, but investigations will be turned over to the sheriff’s department.

“An investigation can pull department resources in many different directions,” said York. “As for police coverage for Madison Township, I want to assure residents can continue to expect the same level of protection from Madison Township officers.”

York will send out letters every Friday to each crime victim updating them on the status of their case, or whom they need to contact for more information from the sheriff’s department.

•The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services announced that Madison Township Police Department was one of only two law enforcement agencies in Franklin County to receive federal grant funding through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program totaling $15,523.

The Justice Assistance Grant program supports enhancements and updates in the fields of training, personnel, and equipment needs. The award is approved for the purchase and installation of computer servers to increase the reliability and security of data, improve the efficiency of officers and service to residents with accurate police reports, statistics, and data.

The project grant period runs Jan. 1 – Sept. 20, 2021. The servers will be installed and in use by the end of this time period.

January crime statistics from the Madison Township Police: 41 traffic stops, 16 assist/mutual aid, 3 assaults, 5 burglary, 32 domestic complaints, suspicious persons, 4 suspicious cars, 13 suspicious persons, 14 larceny/thefts, 2 narcotics, 1 sex offense, 1 OVI, 4 threats or harassment, 2 vandalism, 9 parking, 7 accidents with injuries, 2 shots fired in area, and 14 property damage accidents.

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