Coon Rapids receives national grant

The Coon Rapids Police Department and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office have both received a U.S. Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

Of the total grant of $26,849, Coon Rapids will get $16,256 and the sheriff’s office $10,593.

But the city and county have agreed through a memorandum of understanding that the police department will administer the grant.

As a result, 10 percent of the sheriff’s office allocation, $1,059, will go to the city for a total of $17,315.

According to Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise, the police department and sheriff’s office have agreed that the best use of the grant dollars will be to purchase law enforcement equipment not included in the budget.

In Coon Rapids’ case, the department will buy touch screen computers to be placed in squad cars, which will be an upgrade from current equipment, Wise said.

The sheriff’s office plans to purchase two portable forensic light sources for use by the crime lab, he said.

The justice department provides grants to local law enforcement agencies to “address crime in communities by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes and procedures,” Wise said.

No matching funds are required from either the city or the county, he said.

As required by the department of justice, the Coon Rapids City Council conducted a public hearing on the grant expenditure; no one spoke.