By Linda Dillman
Grants replenishing equipment worn by Madison Township Police officers, and coupled with potential new officer staffing, could help the township protect its own and have more officers out patrolling the streets.
Madison Township Police Chief Gary York asked the township trustees on April 21 for permission to apply for a trio of grants, two of which the department has received in the past.
“The first is for body armor through the state of Ohio,” York said. “It’s an annual grant and covers 75 percent of the cost for each vest, which has a life span of five years. We were awarded that last year and have always taken advantage of that.”
While the township pays for the five vests up front, which cost $1,071 per vest, the grant application is for a reimbursement of $3,861.
The second grant—an Ohio Criminal Justice Service Grant—is for $146,234 to pay for law enforcement staffing, recruitment, hiring and retention. Last year the police department received an OCJS grant that helped pay for computer equipment.
The township is also applying for a U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services grant, a 75 percent matching grant, which covers up to $125,000 per year for salaries and benefits for a law enforcement officer for three years.
“Hopefully, by getting out early, we’ll be awarded this grant,” said York.
Other township news
•Madison Township Public Service Department Superintendent Dave Watkins said he is working with Groveport Madison Schools to create a traffic calming pilot program near Dunloe Elementary School by realigning a crosswalk.
“Hopefully, work will be completed by the start of school,” Watkins said.
•The trustees approved the hiring of a police officer effective May 2, contingent upon successful completion of all required testing and evaluations.