Delaware’s U.S. senators, Tom Carper and Ted Kaufman, stopped in Dover yesterday to hand out $390,000 in federal stimulus money, which the Wilmington News-Journal said would allow four municipalities to plug gaping holes in their budgets for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Dover will get $294,831 for eight new cars and related equipment, computer improvements and saturation patrols in high-crime neighborhoods. Owing to the economic crisis, those items had been deemed as expendable for next budget year.
The money was made available through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistant Grant Program. It may be used for law enforcement technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies and information systems; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections program; drug treatment, and planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs. Smyrna Mayor Pat Stombaugh said the town’s grant arrived just in time. It will be used for a new car and buying equipment for three officers hired recently. The stimulus aid cited in the Delaware story is not being spent on hiring, which was the main purpose of the law.