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August 27, 2012

$28,000 grant for next year awarded to sheriff's department

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Payne County Sheriff’s Department will get some new gadgets and have extra patrols after being awarded an Oklahoma Highway Patrol grant for next year.

Captain Kevin Woodward with the sheriff’s department said the $28,000 grant is $5,000 more than last year’s grant.

Woodward said $10,000 will pay for two dashboard cameras, which help provide video and audio evidence. He said the department has 22 vehicles but declined to say how many had dashboard cameras.

Woodward said the remaining money will help pay overtime to enable deputies to patrol Stillwater’s safety corridor on Highway 51.

The corridor runs east and west and also between Perkins and Stillwater. There is a zero tolerance policy for violations in these zones, Woodward said.

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