Last updated: October 28. 2013 1:08PM - 705 Views
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Russellville Police Officers will soon be equip with new tasers, thanks to city grant writer Kaye Simmons.

The city’s police department was awarded a $17,500 grant from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security through its Law Enforcement Protection Program. The monies will go towards the purchase of 20 new tasers and 40 cartridges. This grant will help the Russellville Police Department better serve and protect its citizens.

The Law Enforcement Protection Program is a state program solely funded by the sale of confiscated weapons turned in by agencies such as the Russellville Police Department to the Kentucky State Police.

“We want to thank Kaye for the work she is doing in obtaining these important funds, and also offer a congratulations to Russellville Police Chief Victor Shifflett, who I am sure is grateful for receiving these new tasers,”said Russellville Councilwoman Sandra Kinser.

Cheif Shifflett echoed Kinser’s remarks saying, “I am glad that Kaye was able to secure that grant for us. Our equipment needs updating. It’s been several years since we bought the tasters opriginally, and since we do annual training with the tasers, the extra cartridges will help with our budget.”

This purchase will be able to outfit all of the officers with the most updated tasers. They will be the exact same, but newer models. Shifflett says he will hold on to some of the older models that are still in good shape and have good batteries as spares, and will probably sell the other ones to another agency.

“Since we have gone to the tasers our incidences of resitting have dropped dramatically. We do not have a lot of events where we have to use the tasers, but by just having them on us makes a big difference,” said Shifflett.

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