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College Park's HEAT grant renewed

The College Park Police Department has received a state grant of $110,700, again this year, from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

The Highway Enforcement for Aggressive Traffic grant allows the College Park police to work to reduce speed-related crashes, decrease impaired driving incidents, and improve seat-belt use.

The funds can be used for salaries, equipment and educational materials.

"Our goal is a safe highway system through College Park, night and day," said Chief Gay Yandura. "We expect the same for our city streets, too."

Officer George Williams said the department tries to combine education, enforcement, prosecution and rehabilitation for a comprehensive approach to public safety. The model of the HEAT program is supported by "a substantial amount of statistical data," he said.

- From staff reports