Kenai Police Lt. Ben Langham demonstrates how police prepare evidence for storage at Kenai Police Department headquarters on Thursday. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Police Lt. Ben Langham demonstrates how police prepare evidence for storage at Kenai Police Department headquarters on Thursday. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai receives safety grants

Kenai police and fire departments will be seeing some upgrades thanks to a grant from the State Homeland Security Program.

At Wednesday night’s Kenai City Council meeting, the council accepted and appropriated $120,350 from a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.

The program provides funding to states to support preparedness.

The funds will be used to purchase a security camera system and replacement radios, according to a memo from Kenai Police Chief David Ross.

Of the total grand money appropriated, $65,000 will be used to purchase the security camera system, which will cover the Kenai Public Safety Building on S. Willow Street. The building, which houses the police department, the fire department, the dispatch center and Kenai’s data center, is deemed critical to Kenai’s infrastructure.

The city will purchase portable radios with the remaining $55,350.

“The portable radios currently in use are nearing the end of this maintenance life,” Ross said. “This grant will replace approximately twenty percent of the public safety portable radios.”

The Homeland Security Program grants do not require a monetary match from the city.

“I appreciate the effort by our police chief and our fire chief for the work that they put in to get this grant, because it is very substantial and it goes a long way,” Kenai Mayor Peter Gabriel said. “I know these radios are expensive, and they do take a beating. They need to be replaced. When you need them you need them, that’s vital equipment.”

Reach Kat Sorensen at

More in News

Courtesy photo / Juneau Raptor Center
This golden eagle was rescued by the Juneau Raptor Center over the summer after being found weak and thin.
Rescue center, birdwatchers look back on 2021

Juneau Christmas bird count was way down this year.

This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (NICT via AP)
Tsunami advisory issued after eruption

An undersea volcano erupted Friday near the South Pacific island of Tonga, triggering concerns of damaging waves across Pacific coastlines

Flowers bloom at Soldotna City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Multiple public works projects underway in Soldotna

Soldotna City Council received an update on eight different projects

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Hospitalizations rise as state reports increase in COVID cases

There were a total of 112 COVID-related hospitalizations in Alaska as of Friday

Terri Carter’s class celebrates the National Blue Ribbon award after their assembly at Soldotna Montessori Charter School on Friday, Jan 14, 2022. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
A ‘pathway to a brighter and fulfilling future’

Soldotna Montessori Charter School celebrates national achievement

Homer City Council member Rachel Lord discusses her concerns with funding the Alaska Small Business Development Center Homer Business Advisory position during the Jan. 10 council meeting. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Council says ‘yes to small businesses’

Homer City Council votes 4-2 in favor of partially funding the Homer Business Advisory position.

AP Photo / Becky Bohrer
Sightseeing buses and tourists are seen at a pullout popular for taking in views of North America’s tallest peak, Denali, in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, on Aug. 26, 2016.
Bridge proposed along section of slumping Denali park road

Landslides in the area go back decades but usually required maintenance every two to three years

A sign directs voters at Soldotna City Hall on March 5, 2019. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Locals to join national voting rights march Saturday

The march in Soldotna is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action

Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna approves $32,000 federal grant for airport

The funds were made available through the American Rescue Plan Act for improvement projects at the Soldotna Municipal Airport

Most Read