The Gilbert Town Council on Thursday signed off on the police department’s application for nearly $180,000 in grant money to replace old equipment and restore training programs.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Recovery will examine the police department’s application to obtain a Public Safety Stabilization Program grant. The state program, funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, helps local government agencies responsible for public safety battle budget cuts.
Police want the stimulus money to replace 10 mobile data terminals ($70,000), buy staffing and deployment software and hardware ($90,000), buy eight replacement ballistic shields ($12,000) and replace computer lab equipment ($7,300). Joseph Go, the planning and research coordinator for the Gilbert Police Department, said the funding will let the department sustain its public safety goals, including a 90 percent success rate on meeting response times, maintaining a 90 percent or greater approval rating on annual resident surveys and 90 percent or greater response of residents feeling safe crime.
Nearly $2.5 million has been cut from the town’s public safety budget. The police department applied to receive the maximum amount the grant allows for a population the size of Gilbert.
The police department expects to hear from the governor’s office next month on whether the application will be accepted and how much funding the department will receive.