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Grass Valley Police Department grants boost public safety

Grass Valley Police officers now can patrol the streets knowing they’re a little better equipped to be the first on scene for any calls for service.

Thanks to a grant from the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council, the police department was able to issue “go bags” equipped with tools and first-aid kits to every officer on staff.

The council also provided about $6,000 in funds to replace four Tasers for the department.

The council raises funds each year to provide police and fire agencies with items that they otherwise could not afford in light of dwindling budgets.

“Sometimes it’s the little things ... The morale boost was incredible, you got a lot of bang for your buck.”
— Grass Valley Police Sgt. Steve Johnson

On Thursday, Grass Valley Police Sgt. Steve Johnson thanked the council board members for the donated items, telling them, “Sometimes it’s the little things … The morale boost was incredible. You got a lot of bang for your buck.”

Johnson said the go bags were outfitted with some items that were considered critical, such as flex-cuffs, rain ponchos, trauma kits, window punches and extra ammunition.

“The big thing is prepare for the worst,” he said. “Patrol is the tip of the spear. … We’re the guys who are going to be there first, and most incidents are over quick.”

Johnson also thanked the council for funding the purchase of the new Tasers, which he acknowledged was a departure from its philosophy of not replacing equipment.

The new Tasers have improved features that include a high-definition full-color camera, as well as an “intimidation button” that can serve as an effective deterrent without actually firing the weapon, Johnson said. The best feature, however, is the fact that the new Tasers have two shots, which provide a critical backup, he said.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.