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WPD part of $5.7M in funding for fight against COVID

The Winchester Police Department will receive more than $20,000 as part of $5.7 million in funding awarded to public safety agencies to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the funding Tuesday.

The grant funds are from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Coronavirus Emergency Supplement Funding Program.

As part of the program, WPD was awarded $22,600 for two mobile dispatch units to prevent disruption to the 911 Emergency Communications Center.

“These funds are crucial in assisting police departments, sheriff’s offices, correctional institutions and other agencies within the criminal justice system, to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19,” Beshear said. “Our public safety agencies have worked tirelessly on the front lines during this pandemic, and have adapted quickly to many new challenges to continue protecting our Kentucky families.”