Chief Floyd Golden says grants and donations from local businesses, service organizations and individuals have been vital to operations of the Marysville Division of Police.

Chief Floyd Golden says grants and donations from local businesses, service organizations and individuals have been vital to operations of the Marysville Division of Police.

Golden estimates the division has received more than $116,000 in radio equipment, thanks to Ohio Homeland Security grants.

While state and federal grants are important, Golden cited numerous occasions when the Marysville community has come to the aid of police. Some of those included:

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #171 provided $1,000 toward the purchase of traffic safety vests for all members of the division.

Union County Prosecuting Attorney David Phillips' office provided $3,300 for the purchase of audio-video equipment to record interviews.

The Union County Safety Council donated $1,200 for the purchase of binoculars for all police vehicles.

The local Eagles Lodge donated $9,115 to the police division and the Marysville Walmart store contributed $1,000.

"We have been fortunate to receive funds from individuals and local organizations to purchase equipment that was needed but not necessarily available through our budget process," Golden said.

When the Marysville Division of Police needed $5,500 for a new K-9 unit, the community was quick to respond.

"Union Rural Electric and the Veterans of Foreign Wars provided funding to replace our police K-9," Golden said. "Their generosity allowed us to replace our aging K-9 in a timely manner and allowed us to use our budget for other necessities."

Local Cub Scouts even got involved.

"Cub Scout Pack #684 collected funds to purchase body armor for our K-9 at a cost of $1,065," Golden said.

Golden said the importance of local contributions can't be overstated.

"Locally donated funds allow us to purchase community relations items, support our DARE program and to replace other items not in our current budget," he said.

The police got additional funds from an unusual source, obtaining $16,500 from the forfeiture and sale of a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette seized in a drug case.

Ohio Homeland Security grants have also been important to the division.

"We were fortunate to share with other city-county public safety agencies funding through Ohio Homeland Security grants to purchase much-needed 800 MHz. radio equipment," Golden said. "The division participated in a countywide communications proof-of-concept project that received well over $1-million for Union County law enforcement, fire departments and the Emergency Management Agency," Golden said. "Thus far, the division has received over $116,000 in 800 MHz. radio equipment and associated equipment through Ohio Homeland Security grants. This replaced an outdated VHF radio system countywide."

Golden said the division also receives a continuing grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership/Body Armor Safety Initiative ($2,205) to partially fund the replacement of personal body armor.

jdonahue@thisweeknews.com