Homeland Security funding aids Ogdensburg police with radar, license plate reader
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 3:03 pm

OGDENSBURG – Ogdensburg City Police Department has some new tools to help fight crime and improve border security thanks to a $54,722 Homeland Security grant.

Police Chief Richard Polniak said Thursday the department spent the money on two new radars, a license plate reader, an equipment trailer and covert equipment that could not be discussed in a public city council meeting.

Polniak said some of the funding would also be used to pay for “additional boots on the ground.”

The funding came from a 2011 Operation Stonegarden grant, but purchases were delayed due to the strict procurement guidelines and bidding process.

Because of the delays the council had to amend the budget to reflect the transfer, which received unanimous approval.

Operation Stonegarden is a Homeland Security initiative aimed at enhancing law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness along the U.S. Border.

The program provides funding to municipalities to improve cooperation and coordination between law enforcement agencies.

Polniak said the equipment will be benefit to his department and the city.