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$189,617 grant for police department
DIXFIELD- Just in time for Domestic Violence Awareness month, Chief Richard Pickett received word last week that his department has been awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $189,617 to hire a full-time officer to deal strictly with domestic violence cases.
“The board of selectmen supported this unanimously,” noted Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky. “The way we see it, we'll be able to save money over the next three years by not having to hire someone to come in and cover overtime hours or sick and vacation times.”
In the fourth year, after the grant is exhausted, the only stipulation the town needs to meet is that they keep the full-time officer employed. If they fail to do so, they will have to pay the grant money back.
The grant was offered through the Community Oriented Policing Services department of the federal government and Dixfield is one of six in the state to share the $1.3 million pot.
Letters of support were received from Senator Susan Collins, Senator Olympia Snowe, and Congressman Michael Michaud.