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Grant Funds Bloomington Police Department Technology Upgrade

Bloomington residents will have a new way to report crimes thanks to a donation from the federal government.

United States Attorney, Joe Hogsett, presented a 34-thousand dollar check to the Bloomington Police Department on Wednesday, which chief Mike Diekhoff says will pay for a technology upgrade.

“We are using our portion of the grant to purchase electronic kiosks that will allow the public to be able to better interact with our agency,” he says.

Hogsett says the city received the money because of its previous stewardship of grant dollars.

“Bloomington and Monroe County has developed at the Department of Justice, a very good track record of using the moneys that are given to them in very cost effective, efficient ways, because many times that’s the way these grants are determined,” he says.

The new kiosks will be available in locations with 24-hour access. Diekhoff says they should be installed in two to three months.

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