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4 local police departments to receive state grants

Four local police departments, in the town and village of Hamburg, the city of Tonawanda and the town of Evans, will receive state grants totaling more than $60,000 to enhance their law enforcement efforts.

The town of Hamburg will use its funding to purchase a new patrol vehicle, said Chief Gregory Wickett. The City of Tonawanda intends to use its funding for new radios for patrol cars and new portable radios for each patrol car, said Chief William Strassburg.

The town of Evans will use its allocation on computer and communications equipment, said Chief Douglas Czora.

The village of Hamburg will use its funds to purchase a new license plate reader, said Chief Michael Melisz.

State Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs, R-Buffalo, said he discovered these local police departments were awarded grants several years ago, but the money was never paid. Jacobs presented ceremonial checks to the four chiefs Thursday in honor of Police Week.

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