Albany Police Department works to end traffic fatalities with grant

At Tuesday's Albany city commission meeting, the Albany Police Department requested approval to apply for a grant in the amount of $70,000 dollars.

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At Tuesday's Albany city commission meeting, the Albany Police Department requested approval to apply for a grant in the amount of $70,000 dollars.

The Byrne Justice Assistance Law Enforcement Grant, funded by the federal government, helps local law enforcement agencies across the country.

Albany Police Chief Michael Persley says the department would like to use the grant for traffic enforcement and safety.

Persley says the department's focus will be looking at how to better enforce traffic laws and ease common traffic congestion.

He says the goal is to eliminate all traffic fatalities.

"We want to make sure that when people are riding along they can get to where they're going safe and sound. There will be minor fender-benders but, we do want to try to do things, to work on how can we reduce traffic fatalities," said Persley.

According to Persley, the police department submits their application for the grant every year.

He says funding usually goes toward new equipment or implementing new programs.

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