Jeffco Sheriff’s Office pursuing pair of grants

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By Deborah Swearingen

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office plans to pursue two grants — one of which will help with impaired driving enforcement and another to go towards its incident management team.

The first is a mini-grant for $5,000 or less offered by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The funds will help the Sheriff’s Office in impaired driving enforcement and will offer assistance as the department waits for funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which are scheduled to come in around the first of October.

The second is a $51,000 grant from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Jeffco’s incident management team. The money will go toward administration, management and operations.

Although there was some discussion about the latter of the two grants, due to its TABOR (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) impact, the commissioners ultimately gave the Sheriff’s Office the go-ahead. TABOR is a constitutional measure that limits the annual growth in state and sometimes local revenues or spending to the sum of the annual inflation rate and the annual percentage change in the state’s population.

More than anything, the commissioners said they recognized that if the money was passed up by Jeffco, it would go to benefit another incident management team. The state emergency management department divides money between Colorado’s five incident management teams.