Federal Stimulus Funds for H.C.S.O.
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As one of its many elements, the Recovery Act provides the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with funding for grants to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is set to receive a specific allocation of funds totaling $29,792.00.
Upon the receipt of these monies, Humboldt County Sheriff Ed Kilgore plans on making the following purchases:
In an effort to access the very remote areas of our very expansive county where a standard patrol vehicle would not be able to travel, the Sheriff will be purchasing two off-road, law enforcement equipped motorcycles. These bikes will allow two deputies to get to areas not accessible to even ATVs to search for outside marijuana farms and other illegal activities well off of the beaten path.
The Sheriff will also be purchasing a trailer, locally, to transport these bikes to trailheads.
The other planned purchase will be for an article of highly needed tactical equipment. This piece of equipment is commonly known within law enforcement circles as a “Throw Phone”. This is a device that is used to establish emergency communications with individuals during any potential hostage-taking type of incident. This equipment would allow the Sheriff’s Office Negotiation Team to speak directly with an individual during a barricade event to hopefully diffuse the situation in a peaceful manner.
Sheriff Kilgore encourages any member of the community who may have questions about this funding allocation to please contact his Undersheriff, Curtiss C. Kull, at (775) 623-6419.