Police GrantOlivet Police will now be a little safer patrolling the city streets thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation. The grant, which was matched by the City, allowed the police department to purchase three bulletproof vests and three new handheld radios.
“Police officers represent the best of our community and we need to insure that we provide them with the assistance they need to do their job safely and effectively,” stated Olivet City Clerk, Becky Palmer.
Because of the City’s limited budget, Palmer said the purchase of the vests and radios would have been something the City could have not afforded to do on its own. The total cost of the three radios and vests was $4,573. The cost to the City was $2,037.
“Due to financial cuts in Federal Revenue Sharing and reduced taxable values, it has become extremely difficult to provide all the equipment needed,” Palmer stated.
“Providing proper equipment to our officers will insure that they are prepared for situations that could cost them their lives,” stated Olivet Police Chief, Shawn Garcia. This equipment will allow our officers to feel safer and will help enhance their service to the public.”
Olivet Police Department patrols the City’s one-square mile, which includes Olivet College. The department can also be dispatched to assist the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office as well as Bellevue Police Department.