MADISON, W.Va – Chief Deputy Chad Barker of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department addressed the Boone County Commission Tuesday, November 1 about the Homeland Security Grant that the sheriff’s department was awarded.
Pam White Administrator for the Boone County Commission said, “All grants are ran through the county commission and it requires the commission president to sign and accept the award.”
Eddie Hendricks is the commission president. He signed and accepted the award presented at the meeting.
“We pay the invoice out of the general county then we submit the paperwork showing it has been paid and then we receive the check from Homeland Security, the last grant reimbursement only took about a month,” said White.
According to Barker this grant is in the amount of $100,000 and will be used to purchase 24 laptops and software for the deputies.
“We hope to have the laptops by February if all goes well,” said Barker. “The computers will replace our old laptops which are six or seven years old.”
According to Barker the computers will allow the deputies to continue day to day operations.
“It is impossible to be an effective police officer this day and time without unlimited access to a computer,” said Barker. “Even the simplest of cases require computer access.”
According to Barker this is phase one in the overhaul to their reporting system. They hope to have the overhaul implemented by spring.
Barker said, “These upgrades will allow us to be more efficient in our work, save time and money as well as be more ecofriendly.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder