, Derry, New Hampshire

March 13, 2014

Derry councilors approve police patrol grants

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Police will use state highway safety grant money to support several traffic enforcement patrols.

The Town Council approved a measure, 4-3, to allow police to apply for and accept grants from the N.H. Highway Safety Agency for DWI, pedestrian, red light and speed enforcement patrols.

Police Chief Edward Garone told councilors this type of work was important.

“We like to think it makes the community safer,” Garone said.

The four grants will provide $7,800 for DWI enforcement patrols, $5,720 for pedestrian patrols, $5,720 for red light patrols and $5,720 for speed enforcement work.

The state Highway Safety Agency will reimburse Derry for 100 percent of the salary-related expenses, along with the cost for all the hours worked under the patrols.

Garone said the town has utilized this type of grant funding since the late 1960s. He said he always looked forward to having the opportunity to secure funding to use for specialized patrol work.

He said there is minimal impact on the town budget as all salary and other costs will be reimbursed by the state.