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Drug Task Force gets share of grant money

October 30, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County will use $25,000 in grant money to upgrade surveillance and radio equipment for the county Drug Task Force.

This is the first time the county has requested a share of the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant money that Chambersburg receives annually from the state, said Kelly Livermore, assistant county administrator.

The county will use $4,000 for a repeater with a rechargeable batter and an antenna to enhance existing equipment the task force detectives use to conduct surveillance during investigations into illegal drug activity, said Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom, whose office oversees the task force.

The remaining $21,000 will be used to purchase two repeaters, four antennas, cabling, installation and programming to upgrade the current radio system to achieve greater radio coverage throughout the county, Krom said.

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"This is another example of the county partnering with the borough. I commend the borough for its willingness to share funds," Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said.

"This shows the county and borough recognize the success and effectiveness the Drug Task Force has had to date," he said.

After a public hearing on the grant Tuesday that no one attended, Livermore said she would immediately move the process along so the county could receive its grant money.

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