Local departments adding holiday patrols with grant

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WILTON – Three local police departments have applied for a state-administered grant aimed at holiday enforcement of operating under the influence laws, to fund checkpoints and additional patrols this season.

Farmington, Wilton and Rangeley are participating in the State Bureau of Highway Safety’s Holiday OUI Enforcement program, which provides access to federal highway safety funding for additional patrols during the holiday season.

In Wilton, Chief Heidi Wilcox said that the WPD investigated eight accidents and one fatality in 2010 which involved alcohol. Office Timothy Coombs applied for the funds for the department, Wilcox said, adding the money would be used for extra patrols and two checkpoints in December.

In Farmington, Sgt. Michael Adcock said that the Farmington Police Department had been awarded a grant to do “numerous, saturated OUI patrols” during the holiday season. The department received $1,731 to pay for additional patrol work.

Rangeley Police Department is also participating in the program.

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