CPD gets $10K computer grant

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland police will soon get a reboot to their department in the form a $10,000 grant to pay for new portable laptops.

“We need computers more than a snake needs feet,” CPD Chief Robert Douglas told commissioners Monday night, shortly before the commission unanimously approved accepting the grant.

Douglas said the department has been getting by on computers donated by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, but those computers are now outdated.

“We appreciate that because it worked for several years,” he said, but, he added, they can no longer keep up with needed upgrades.

The grant for the new computers, which comes from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, was first applied for in 2012, according to Douglas, and was declined. But the agency looked the applications over again, according to Douglas, and decided that CPD would qualify.