Amsterdam Police Department Chief Greg Culick and Lt. Kurt Conroy presented information to the Amsterdam Common Council at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting about a $100,000 grant that they have been awarded by the Department of Homeland Security to pay for tactical training and equipment.
The grant was applied for in conjunction with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department. Officers from the city and county will participate in the training, with APD officers making up the majority of the team. A condition of the grant is that officers would be required to deploy both regionally and nationally when needed.
Conroy explained that the APD, as the lead agency, would be reimbursed through the grant for the purchase of bullet proof vests and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) training for city and county police officers. Neither the city or county is required to provide matching funds.
Conroy asked the Common Council to approve the receipt of the grant at their next regular meeting before they seek Montgomery County approval.
“If there is a call out to any of the schools within the Montgomery County [area] or Amsterdam’s district, if there’s an active shooter type situation in a building or hospital or anywhere, anything within Montgomery County, this team would respond to it,” said Culick.