WAKEMAN The Wakeman Police Department received a new radar unit free from the Ohio Department of Public Safety this week.
Police received the new enforcement tool based on a state grant, using statistics in the "Click It or Ticket" safety program held in May. ODPS representative Frank Avary presented Chief Tim Hunker and Officer Briana Keegan with the traffic equipment, valued at just under $1,000, at the police station Wednesday.
"We have been very fortunate with grants and donations over the years and this definitely is a bonus that I wasn't expecting," Hunker said.
Over the past decade, the village has received at least $30,000 in grants and donations for the police department. As a result, the department has been able to purchase items such as office computers, laptops, Internet service, Tasers, report programs, patrol bicycles and in-car video cameras, plus numerous hours of needed training and materials.