Greenville police receive grant for key boxes

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:58 pm on Friday, June 21, 2013

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Department of Public Safety received a grant for lock boxes to help access buildings in case of an emergency.

During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted to accept a grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention and Safety Grants with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the purchase of 100 knox boxes and eight in-car lock boxes.

The knox boxes are used as secure boxes that are placed on business buildings or public buildings with the key or a type of entry devices.

The in-car lock boxes would be placed in the police and fire vehicle for officers to use to gain entry into the buildings with the knox boxes.

“These would be used in criminal, hazardous material, medical or whereever else officers would need to gain access to inside the building,” said Interim Director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety Michael Stuck.

He explained currently officers have to wait for dispatchers to locate building owners in order to get access. If owners are out of town or unable to make it to the business in an emergency situation, the knox boxes would allow the officers to get inside the building.

The grant is a matching grant that will provide 95 percent of the grant and the city has to provide 5 percent.

The grant totals $30,988. The matching price would be $29,438.60 with the city matching $1,549.40.

City Manager George Bosanic said a policy would have to be put into place to determine which building would get one of the 100 boxes, but noted it would be on a volunteer basis.

However, newly constructed buildings are required to install a box.

“Where is the $1,540.40 coming from?” asked Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit.

Bosanic explained this amount was not budgeted for, but can be taken from the capital improvements program that will have a small surplus at the end of this fiscal year (ending June 30).

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