A local law enforcement agency will soon receive upgraded equipment thanks to an annual grant available for improving community safety.
The Webster County Sheriff's Department received the money from the Justice Assistance Grant. Its request was approved by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday.
Chief Deputy Jim Stubbs said the department is planning on using the money to upgrade its Tasers.
"We currently have Tasers, which is one of the tools we use that provide less-than-lethal force," Stubbs said. "Our new Tasers will be multi-shot, which means you could deliver the charge to more than one individual. This is higher-tech equipment we're receiving from this grant."
Stubbs said that although the department has Tasers, they don't need to be used very often.
The old Tasers, which still work, will be given to the reserve officers.
The Fort Dodge Police Department is the grant's administrator, according to Stubbs, which is why the request had to be approved by the city.
"It's a shared grant with the Police Department," he said.
Assistant Fort Dodge Police Chief Kevin Doty said both agencies can use the money.
"When you apply, it's a joint grant, which allows the dollars to go to each department," Doty said. "Because we're the physical agent for the grant, whatever funds that want to be used by either the Police Department or Sheriff's Department need to go through the city."
Stubbs said the grant has been used numerous times in the past for various purposes.
"We've used it for radar and for equipment in our cars," he said. "We hope to be using some money for the drug task force and the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) task force."
The money also provides extra support for the department, he said.
"It assists us greatly with getting new equipment that our budget wouldn't otherwise be able to handle."