Troy Police to receive grant for first responders

TROY — The Troy Police Department received $6,744 in grant funds from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s Ohio first responder, recruitment, retention, and resilience grant program.

This grant program, authorized by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), aims to address first responder burnout. According to a press release, through the life of the program, approximately $75 million will go to address under-staffing, stress, and mental health issues through grants across Ohio.

The funds the city receives will go towards mandatory mental health wellness checks for our sworn police officers.

“The goal is to make sure that officers are effectively dealing with the emotions that come from working as a first responder and prevent or reverse any destructive coping behaviors,” Troy Police Chief Shawn McKinney said. “By addressing officers’ mental wellness, we believe they will be better equipped to serve the public.”