April 02, 2020

Town eyes bulletproof vests for two officers

HOULTON – The Houlton Police Department is becoming better equipped thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Town councilors on Monday evening unanimously accepted the $975 grant, which will be used to purchase two bulletproof vests.

The allocation was part of a larger award received by the state earlier this month.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe made the Oct. 11 announcement that the federal DOJ had awarded more than $160,000 in funding to the state for bulletproof vests.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, approved the funds.

The BJA provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues and assist crime victims.

This federal funding will provide many law enforcement officials with the proper protection they need to safely guard our Maine communities, Snowe and Collins said in a joint statement.

In concert with the $975 to HPD, a $2,419 allocation also went to the city of Presque Isle and $4,500 went to Aroostook County.

In other business, councilors:

. Accepted a $300 donation from Links of Hope to be used for police officer drug enforcement training.

. Authorized the registrar of voters to be at the town office during regular business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Thursday, Nov. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. for the purpose of registering voters and making name and address changes.

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