By Kristin Rover
The Pierce Township Police Department was recently awarded two grants that total $6,000, according to Pierce Township Police Lieutenant Edward Dye.
“Every little bit helps with the protection of the community,” Dye said about the grants. “The funds will be put toward safety and security for our citizens.”
Dye said the first grant, a $5,000 grant, was through the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.
According to Dye, John Burke, president of NADDI, said the department was selected for the grant because of its outstanding work in the field of prescription drug abuse enforcement.
The NADDI grant is funded by Purdue Pharma Pharmaceuticals in Stamford, Ct.
Dye said the funds will be used to supplement the drug detection officer and canine that they have at the department. He said the team is part of the Clermont County Narcotics Unit.
Dye said the second grant that was awarded to the department was through the Walmart Foundation.
“The Walmart Foundation has selected Pierce Township Police Department to be a recipient of a $1,000 grant through the Local Facility Giving Program,” Dye said.
Dye said officials with the program selected Pierce Township Police Department because they believe the department is doing important work in the community it serves.
He said the police department will use the funds from the Walmart Foundation for educational purposes.
Dye said they received both grants in August. He said the department is excited to be awarded the grants.
“We strive to improve the safety of Pierce Township and with these two awarded grants it will help us achieve that goal,” Dye said.