GLENDALE — Police soon will be equipped with new crime-fighting tools that will allow patrol officers to identify stolen credit cards on the spot, analyze audio-visual evidence and maneuver better in confined spaces.
Grants from the Glendale Police Foundation will fund the purchase of load-bearing vests for Special Weapons and Tactics officers, credit card readers for patrol cars and video and audio equipment, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
The $2,500 mini-grants from the foundation come quarterly, mostly via fundraising and donations, member Nancy Michael said.
“The primary mandate for the [foundation] is to provide equipment, training and products that would otherwise go unfunded,” she said. “Budgets are tight and the [foundation] thought this would be of assistance to the police.
A committee made up of police personnel and a foundation member selects projects based on feasibility, relevance and possible results.
“The committee that reviews the grant requests is looking primarily for projects or equipment that will allow the GPD to more quickly and efficiently investigate crimes and make arrests,” Michael said.