The Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office will be applying for the 2019 Byrne JAG grant. This grant is administered by the Department of Justice. It is a formula grant which means that each jurisdiction is allocated a specific amount of money.
If approved for the grant, TPD and the Shawnee County Sherriff’s Office will equally split $71,199. If accepted, TPD will purchase a portable robot for the Response Team. This equipment will assist the team with barricaded suspects and crisis negotiation. The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office will purchase cameras and recording equipment for their interview rooms.