City approves $40,000 state grant for Frederick Police Department

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A Maryland state grant is helping the Frederick Police Department sponsor more overtime opportunities for officers who deal with all sorts of disorderly drivers.

The mayor of Frederick and Board of Aldermen approved Wednesday a $40,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation awarded to the police department.

The grant will fund overtime pay for off-duty officers to patrol strictly for distracted driving, and aggressive driving. But officials say the majority of the funding, $21,000, will be put towards impaired driving patrols.

“Drunk and impaired driving in Maryland has been a problem for years, and we’re trying to cut down on those occurrences and those numbers. We spend time in off-duty assignments to detect those people,” explained commander of Frederick Police Department Professional Services Division, Lt. Bruce DeGrange.

The grant will be applicable from now through June of 2019.

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