Proctor, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - 36 Northland police departments are receiving a Community Oriented Policing Services grant for $500,000.
Each PD is a member of the Northeast Law Enforcement Administrator's Council, which works together on issues pertaining to the Arrowhead Region.
Most of the grant will go toward a statewide mandatory upgrade of police radios, which, according to Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig, will be divided among the departments based on necessity.
"We really wanted to make sure that we reached out and were able to help the communities that needed the assistance; that would otherwise not probably be able to afford to move forward with the project," said Wobig.
The average cost of one new 800 megahertz radio is $2,800.