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MPD receives $44,250 grant to address pandemic

The Morgantown Police Department received a $44,250 grant to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Attorney Bill Powell of the Northern District of West Virginia announced the award on Friday.
“The city of Morgantown will put this funding to good use, working to keep its residents and visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am proud to announce this additional funding to assist with this good work,” he said.
MPD applied for the grant last week through the U.S. Department of Justice Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, Morgantown Communications Director Andrew Stacy said.
Jurisdictions have “considerable latitude” in how they use the funds, Powell said.
Stacy said MPD will use the money for four items:
A portable messaging board and radar unit, which can be used in emergency situations for calming traffic and more;
Cut and puncture resistant gloves;
Temporal thermometers;
A portable ultraviolet C cleaning system, which uses UVC light to kill viruses and bacteria and can decontaminate a 12-foot by 12-foot room.
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