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City Police to upgrade radio equipment; memorial planned for Benno (Audio included)

Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley told the City Council Tuesday that the department has received grants totaling almost $150,000 to replace the antiquated radio console housed in the city building.

Standley said that the department already had just over $30,000 on hand from the county's Joint Terrorism Advisory Board, with the stipulation that the money be used to buy new radio equipment by the end of this year, putting the department under the gun to find additional funding. That money, totaling $117,919, came this month from a grant from the Franklin County Office of Homeland Security, giving the BPD enough to replace the entire system without having to dip into the city's coffers.

Standley also announced that a memorial service for Benno has been scheduled for Thursday at Rutan Park. Benno, who had been a member of the BPD's K-9 unit for the past seven years, died unexpectedly last week. Standley said that Benno had taken part in scores of drug arrests and had several felony arrests under his collar while a member of the force. He said that the department is actively looking to replace Benno and has already privately raised about $6,000 of the $14,000 needed to train and integrate another canine as a member of the BPD.

Chief Standley comments on new radios, memorial service for Benno

The council sailed through its agenda Tuesday, adopting a resolution authorizing the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commision and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county. The council also passed what was described as a housekeeping ordinance which updated the 2012 replacement pages to the codified ordinances.

Prior to the meeting, the Council held a moment of silence in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon which occurred 11 years ago Tuesday.

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