Perkins police commanders recently called for some budgetary backup to help out the department's depleted finances.
Luckily for township taxpayers, several people answered the distress call.
Perkins officials recently secured three separate police-related grants, totaling $51,500, to assist the community.
"Anytime that we can obtain grants, either through the local, state or federal government, that's less (Perkins Township) taxpayer money we have to spend," Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said.
Among the grants secured:
Grant No. 1: Extra road patrols during special times
• From: state government
• Amount: $38,500
• Purpose: More serious and fatal crashes happen within Perkins Township than any other political subdivision in Erie County. Because of this, the state provided funds to increase patrols and ideally make roadways in Perkins safer. The grant pays for extra shifts and additional patrols during unique busy times for Perkins, such as Ohio Bike Week, HalloWeekends and Perkins High School dances. Perkins police already receives similar grant money for extra patrols during holidays. The grant begins Oct. 1 and can be used up until Sept. 30, 2015.
Grant No. 2: Specialized police tablet, or handheld, computers
• From: federal government
• Amount: $12,000
• Purpose: Replace older, clunky computers in some cruisers and replace them with state-of-the-art portable tablet computers. The versatile, waterproof tablets can help officers take notes, snap pictures and record interviews when at crime or crash scenes. The tablets should arrive in the coming weeks and will be in use soon thereafter.
Grant No. 3: Goodwill for community members
• From: Walmart
• Amount $1,000
• Purpose: Police commanders said they'll purchase food baskets and donate them to needy, underprivileged township residents. Police commanders will decide who will get the baskets in the near future.