CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County is applying for grant funding so area police officers have additional equipment to protect themselves and the people they serve during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, the commissioners approved applying for emergency COVID-19 funding through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Community Development Specialist Lisa Kovalick said the county is applying for funds totaling $73,363 under the direction and administration of District Attorney Ryan Sayers.
Kovalick said the funding will assist police departments with personal protective equipment and more that will help protect them as well as local communities.
“It will help with preventing the spread of COVID-19, preparing for surges and responding during outbreaks,” she said. Departments will be able to purchase electrostatic disinfectant spraying systems.
She said the spay systems will be kept in their patrol units, investigation rooms and squad locker rooms to use as additional protection from the virus.
Kovalick said funds will also cover costs for training related to behavior health and substance abuse during the pandemic and for 4RE VISTA HD Camera Systems.
The camera systems will have license scanning capability that will protect police officers and the public from contact to allow for safe distancing.