Houma police get funding boost

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Houma police have received approval to use hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and state funding to upgrade operations.
Chief Todd Duplantis told The Courier (http://bit.ly/1ftCphc) that two grants will fund operations while the state funding will go toward purchasing police cruisers.
The Terrebonne Parish Council this past week approved using more than $184,000 to buy seven patrol cars.
Duplantis said the department should take delivery in a few months.
The cars will replace existing vehicles in the department's 90-unit fleet.
"We take out the old and put the new in," Duplantis said.
The state Highway Safety Commission also gave the department a grant of about $105,000 for traffic safety. Another grant of about $10,400 grant from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement will be used to help crime victims.
The department routinely replaces its cars, which tend to accumulate miles fast.
Patrol cars are used for six or seven years. On an average 12 hour shift, police say an officer drives between 50 and 75 miles.

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