Grant nets new police cars

Grant nets new police cars

There are 13 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Feb 15, 2010, titled Grant nets new police cars. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Here's the good news. The Town of Otis has two new police cars. Here's the better news: The cars were purchased through a grant, so town taxpayers didn't have to foot the bill.

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unbelievable

South Egremont, MA

#3 Feb 16, 2010
hey Just me,,,,I think it was refering to local tax...I think it would be common scence that it would come from federal tax.use your head for something other than empty space.
Dick Tracy.....why dont you get the training and step up too the plate....chicken shit
I love when you peaple can only bitch about good and possitive things....I have to admit that I am not from Otis and I do not know the Police in that town.
But I am very glad that MY federal tax dollor is helping a small town to better there police department.
Now just maybe, the extra money that was being payed to keep the old crouser on the street can be used for....who knows....maybe training for chicken shit and a new brain for Juct me
Angry young man

AOL

#4 Feb 16, 2010
That's just what the high crime area of the big city of Otis needs!
cocerned tax payer

AOL

#5 Feb 16, 2010
All that Federal money could have bought alot of food for the food pantreis in berkshire county or hasn't anyone been paying any attention to our lousy economy?But let's make sure that the Police in the big city of Otis get a new Crown Victoria and a new SUV the one's they have now have too much dust on them from all the crime they have to deal with on a daily basis.Maybe they do need new vehicles?But i think the food pantries could use about a 70,000 grant that ought to feed some people for a while!
WOW

Gansevoort, NY

#6 Feb 16, 2010
Don't you understand the concept of grant money? The grant that Otis applied for has nothing to do with food pantries, it is federal funding set up by the federal government for the specific purpose of buying police equipment. There are thousands of different grants out there, but this one is for this sole purpose. You can't just take grant money for law enforcement equipment, and when you get it, you decide to use it for something else.
If you are so concerned about supplying food to food pantries, why don't you write the appropriate grants and submit them just like the Otis PD did instead of spending your time bashing others for doing something on a local newspaper blog?
Agreed

Broadalbin, NY

#7 Feb 16, 2010
WOW wrote:
Don't you understand the concept of grant money? The grant that Otis applied for has nothing to do with food pantries, it is federal funding set up by the federal government for the specific purpose of buying police equipment. There are thousands of different grants out there, but this one is for this sole purpose. You can't just take grant money for law enforcement equipment, and when you get it, you decide to use it for something else.
If you are so concerned about supplying food to food pantries, why don't you write the appropriate grants and submit them just like the Otis PD did instead of spending your time bashing others for doing something on a local newspaper blog?
Thanks for enlightening all the people who just love to complain!
I agree

Middlefield, MA

#8 Feb 16, 2010
WOW wrote:
Don't you understand the concept of grant money? The grant that Otis applied for has nothing to do with food pantries, it is federal funding set up by the federal government for the specific purpose of buying police equipment. There are thousands of different grants out there, but this one is for this sole purpose. You can't just take grant money for law enforcement equipment, and when you get it, you decide to use it for something else.
If you are so concerned about supplying food to food pantries, why don't you write the appropriate grants and submit them just like the Otis PD did instead of spending your time bashing others for doing something on a local newspaper blog?
Well said!
Wondering

Greenfield, MA

#9 Feb 17, 2010
Why 2 new cruisers to replace 1? Perhaps another municipality could have benfited from the other one. How many officers are on duty at a time? The grants people should consider this. A town like Otis shouldn't get money for 2 cruisers when they've only had 1. It appears that one will sit for quite sometime.
Wondering

Greenfield, MA

#10 Feb 17, 2010
WOW wrote:
Don't you understand the concept of grant money? The grant that Otis applied for has nothing to do with food pantries, it is federal funding set up by the federal government for the specific purpose of buying police equipment. There are thousands of different grants out there, but this one is for this sole purpose. You can't just take grant money for law enforcement equipment, and when you get it, you decide to use it for something else.
If you are so concerned about supplying food to food pantries, why don't you write the appropriate grants and submit them just like the Otis PD did instead of spending your time bashing others for doing something on a local newspaper blog?
Agreed on the concept of grant money, HOWEVER, Otis (how much crime?) getting 2 crusiers? One would have been sufficient!
WOW

Gansevoort, NY

#11 Feb 17, 2010
I think the idea of having two vehicles makes the most sense. In the event of an emergency, i.e. car accident (which happens even in little ole' Otis) there can be multiple responding officers. I'm going to go out on a limb and say even if there is one officer on duty, it would take less time to call one in from home then to call the State Police who would be coming from either Lee or Russell.
And again on the grant funding, if a police department can go out and get two police cars for the price of NONE, why not take full benefit of it. I'd rather see some of that federal money going to some of the forgotten areas of Western Mass rather than funneled right to Boston and points east like it usually does.

Since: Aug 08

Pittsfield

#12 Feb 17, 2010
I think its great to see some of the grant manoey awarded to a local town.
toolman agawam

New Berlin, NY

#13 Feb 17, 2010
Are all of these new cops academy trained or are they like the old cops of otis and just hand picked and hope for the best?
citizen

Monsey, NY

#14 Feb 19, 2010
Academy trained. I dont believe you can get hired without it
former member

South Dennis, MA

#15 Feb 25, 2010
Otis PD is a small part time police deparment. This means that there is not always an Officer on duty (usually during the late night and early morning hours). If something occurs during those hours, an Officer will be contacted at home to respond. It is this way do to the limited number of calls. The Department has always had two vehicles, one car and one SUV. The SUV is mainly used in the winter months and also to reach areas the car cannot. All of the Officers are atleast intermittently trained through the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police. In Massachusetts you must have formal police training before you can patrol on your own.
For those of you on here complaining about Otis receiving grant money for these vehicles, I feel sorry for you. I guess you just take for granted the safety and security these Officers provide. If my father was having a heart attack, my wife was being robbed or I was in a horrific car accident, I know these Officers would do whatever it takes to help. I am grateful that they now have reliable means to save lives.

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