The Kansas Governor’s Grants Office has announced that the Kansas Wireless Enhanced 911 Advisory Board has approved the Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office’s application for grant funding in 2011. The Sheriff’s Office will receive $95,532.00 during 2011 to upgrade and enhance the Sheriff’s Office’s ability to receive and respond to emergency and non-emergency calls.
“We are pleased that the Wireless Board has approved our grant application. The application process is exhaustive and each application from a PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) faces a strenuous review process before being approved.” Sheriff Ron Ridley stated. “If grant funds were not available, these system upgrades would have to come out of county coffers, as some of these upgrades are federally mandated. Most state and federal grants require some type of local match; however this is a no match grant, so no county contribution is necessary. ”
Sheriff Ridley advised that the grant is primarily focused on technology needs and can only be used for 911 related projects. “In this grant cycle we will be replacing two radio repeaters, which are critical elements in our communications link to law enforcement, fire and EMS units. We will also be adding a Computer Aided Dispatch system and an additional 911 station in Communications”, Ridley noted. The grant also covers re-occurring telecommunications, telephone trunking, and maintenance fees to maintain the 911 system.
Since becoming Sheriff, Ridley has now secured more than $360,000.00 in no match funding for the Sheriff’s Office for E911 projects.