Clinton awarded quarter-million for public safety
CLINTON - The town of Clinton received more than a quarter-million dollars in grant money this week to make public safety improvements.
One grant worth $200,000 will be used to pay off the loan used to buy the town's first new fire truck in 15 years. Fire Chief Doug Beauchamp said any money left over from that will be used to outfit and equip the new truck.
The Clinton Police Department will use the second grant, worth $60,000, along with $35,000 in funds from the Office of Community Development to beef up its Traffic / Homicide Project. The money will be used for equipment and training for officers to fully investigate traffic fatalities and homicides in Clinton, and throughout the parish if requested.
Lt. James Cook, the project director, said the training would let them plot out crime scenes using GPS, then create a graphic showing the scene and any evidence.
"The project will aid department when these cases go to court," Cook said. "We live in a digital age; people want to see things visually displayed like they see on TV."