County approves grant application

By Maura Wery

The Riley County Commission on Monday approved the Riley County Police Department’s proposal for a federal grant that would go toward a new computer system.

The Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is allocated by the U.S. Department of Justice. The proposal was presented by Riley County Police Department Assistant Director John Doehling and RCPD Director Brad Schoen.

Schoen said the RCPD has received this grant before, with monies having gone to both the city and county for a “wide variety of projects.”

If this year’s grant goes through, Doehling said $18,500 will be used toward a new computer system, DeskOfficer Online Reporting System, or DORS, which will allow the public to submit reports on smaller crimes to police.

The remaining $2,526 will be used for the purchase, outfitting and storage of three Sig Sauer Rifles to be used by school resource officers.

Doehling said that the three rifles will be used only by trained resource officers who will go in and out of the schools with them.

He said that the rifles will be stored during the hours the school resource officer is inside the school in a safe that is “bolted to the wall and the ground.” Manhattan High School West Campus, MHS East and Riley County High School would each have one rifle.

The commission approved the signature and approval of the grant.

It will be submitted before July 9, and both Schoen and Doehling said they expect a quick turnaround of the funds.

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