Four Johnson County organizations have been awarded grants to support public safety, Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General, announced Feb. 20. Gardner was one of the recipients.
The   Gardner Police Department will receive $16,880 to purchase digital scanning equipment.
“Providing the best public safety services and crime prevention requires a dedicated staff of local officials and access to the latest equipment,” Schmidt said. “These grants will help advance local priorities for improving public safety.”
This funding will purchase a digital scanner that will take images of finger/palm prints for Gardner Municipal Court, said Daneeka Marshall-Oquendo, public information officer Obtaining a digital fingerprint and palm scanner for the Municipal Court Services Department will assist the city to comply with Kansas statute (K.S.A. 21-2501) requiring the filing and transmission of finger and palm imprints, as well as other certain court documents.
“The outcome for this item is that Gardner will comply with the Kansas Criminal Justice Information Systems security law and submit documents related to certain convictions electronically,” said Sgt. Steve Benz, GDP.
“The Live Scan digital fingerprint equipment for Municipal Court allows us to take electronic fingerprints of subjects while they are in the courthouse (City Hall during court),” he said. “It is a much cleaner operation than the traditional ink fingerprinting that we have to do right now.  It is nicer for the subjects being printed, and makes no mess.
“The GPD has the equipment at the police department, but it is large and not movable.
The grants are part of the Federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and were awarded by the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Schmidt serves as the chair of the council.
Other grant recipients included:
• Johnson County Mental Health will receive $68,414 to create a care coordinator position to provide services for short term jail inmates with mental health needs.
• Merriam Police Department will receive $66,000 to upgrade in-car video camera systems and integrate them with body cameras.
• One Heart Project will receive $213,318 to support its youth mentoring programs.