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Paynesville Press - January 25, 2006

Police receive grant from the Safe & Sober Challenge

Successful traffic safety activities by the Paynesville Police Department warranted a federal grant of $1,000 from the Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety in January 2006.

The Paynesville Police Department demonstrated extraordinary commitment and achievement in reducing traffic-related deaths and injuries in their jurisdiction in 2005 in order to receive the grant.

Of the 44 agencies applying for the grant, 29 received $60,000 in grants, including the Paynesville Police Department.

The grant was presented to police chief Kent Kortlever and officer Charles Buggs on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

"Enforcing traffic laws and educating the public about traffic safety makes our roads safer and therefore our community safer," said Buggs. "We are honored to receive this grant to help us most effectively conduct traffic safety projects and activities."

The awards were based on the merits of the activities conducted by law enforcement agencies in 2005, including traffic safety community programs, enforcement, officer training, public and media relations, and presentations.

"The Paynesville Police Department has displayed true dedication to traffic safety," said Kathy Swanson, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. "The Department of Public Safety is proud to partner with chief of police Kent Kortlever and his officers to help move Minnesota toward zero deaths on our roads."

With its $1,000 grant, the Paynes-ville Police Department has purchased a hand-held radar unit, which will be used for traffic enforcement in unmarked cars. The department plans to use the rest to pay for overtime for traffic enforcement.

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