The Reno City Council Wednesday approved grants totaling $596,872.00 to provide training and equipment for the Reno Police Department and to help fight methamphetamine use in the community.
The U.S. Department of Justice grant supporting equipment and training will be divided among the local law enforcement agencies with the Reno Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office each receiving $104,950.80 in Justice Assistance Grant funds, and the Sparks Police Department receiving $52,475.40.
In the past those grant program funds have provided support for a wide range of justice programs for local law enforcement agencies for such areas as gang tracking and enforcement and other community-based projects, as well as purchase of safety equipment, electronic equipment overtime and personnel costs.
The Community Oriented Policing Services Methamphetamine Initiative grant of $334,495.00 will be used to increase overtime for officers involved in the Reno Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) to execute search warrants, develop an interdiction component, complete anti-narcotic operations, and enhance existing anti-methamphetamine public education programs.
The grant will provide for hiring of a civilian anti-methamphetamine project coordinator to develop and implement the education and intervention component including a comprehensive community presentation in conjunction with the Washoe County School District Police.
Methamphetamine, also known as meth, speed, crank and by other nicknames, is a powerful addictive psychoactive stimulant that is ecoming the nexus for social, family and crime problems across the country.
Highly addictive methamphetamine is smoked, snorted, orally ingested or injected, with effects that can last 4-24 hours depending on the method of use.
Onset of effects, which include elevated heart rate, anxiety, depression, delusions, mood swings, insomnia and confusion, as well as blurred vision and dizziness, among others, usually begin within 5-10 seconds of use.
Social problems associated with use of methamphetamine include criminal behavior, homelessness, unemployment, poverty, delinquency and dangerous driving, while family consequences include
physical and sexual abuse, exploitation and domestic violence.