City officials learned this week that Winston-Salem will receive almost $2.9 million in federal grants for public safety.
The Fire Department will receive $2,008,541 toward construction of Fire Station 19 on Glenn High Road. The grant will cover two-thirds of the station’s estimated $3 million cost. The grant was awarded by the Department of Homeland Security as part of the $380 million in grants, financed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, that the department provided for transit security, port security, and fire stations.
Greg Turner, the assistant city manager for public works, noted that construction of Station 19 was the City Council's top priority for this grant program.
The Police Department will receive three separate grants totaling $877,331. Of this, $453,904 is a two-year Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant that will enable the Police Department to hire three additional crime analysts and an additional network administrator, giving the department an eight-person crime analysis staff.
A 2009 Smart Policing grant of $299,050 will fund a joint program with Winston-Salem State University and the Center for Community Safety to combine elements of intelligence-led policing and problem-orienting policing to focus on drug and high-crime areas.
And a 2009 Paul Cloverdell National Forensic Sciences grant of $124,377 will pay for equipment, supplies, and training for the Police Department’s Forensics Division.