Area police agencies get funds for holiday patrols

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 15, 2008, at 11:37 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 40 law enforcement agencies around the state have received state grants to beef up patrols during the holiday season.

The goal of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety grant program is to keep holiday highway deaths to a minimum from late November through the end of this month,

A total of $262,100 in federal funding has been made available to 43 county and municipal police agencies as well as one tribal agency.

State police also plan to increase their patrols during the holiday season, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The additional patrols aim to curb drunken drivers and boost seat belt and child restraint enforcement, according to Lauren Stewart, director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

Individual grants range from $2,040 to $17,000, according to a list of recipients provided by state public safety officials.

Following is a list of participating law enforcement agencies in the Bangor Daily News coverage area and the grant amount each received:

Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, $8,267; Brewer Police Department, $3,109; Caribou Police Department, $4,752; Ellsworth Police Department, $7,392; Houlton Band of Maliseets, $3,484; Houlton Police Department, $3,640; Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, $11,800; Old Town Police Department, $5,223; Orono Police Department, $2,641; Presque Isle Police Department, $5,342; Rockland Police Department, $6,381; Searsport Police Department, $7,280; Washington County Sheriff’s Department, $17,000.

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