Medina PD uses ARPA funds for new ballistic shields, forcible entry equipment

Photo by Tom Rivers: Two Medina police officers took the oath of office during a recent Village Board meeting. Jonathan McManus (left) is a new hire and started on Sept. 26. Richard Messmer has been with the Medina PD for five years. He took the oath when he started but opted for the chance to be sworn in publicly.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 October 2022 at 3:54 pm

MEDINA – The Village Board has approved spending $8,444 from the village’s American Rescue Plan Act allotment to purchase two sets of ballistic shields and forcible entry equipment for the Medina Police Department.

The board made the decision at the Sept. 26 meeting. The Medina PD currently has one ballistic shield and it’s 22 years old. The new shields will be in two patrol cars, rather than being kept at the police station.

The board also approved purchasing a bucket for the bucket truck. The village had $46,548 budgeted for the new bucket but the total cost is $59,434. Medina is seeking to cover the difference of $12,886 will be submitted to the state CHIPS program for reimbursement.

Fire Chief Matt Jackson also informed the board that a recent boot drive at public intersections raised $6,539 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.