Canadian County Sheriff’s Office earns federal grant for portable radios

District Attorneys Council presents $9,954 award

Canadian County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Grimes

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office has obtained another grant to buy equipment – this time for hand-held radios.

The District Attorneys Council (DAC) recently awarded a 2021 Justice Assistance Local Law Enforcement grant to the sheriff’s department.

Canadian County commissioners formally approved the $9,954 grant award at their Feb. 14th regular meeting.

“It’s a pass-through federal grant to buy 800 megahertz (MHz) portable radios that we use on our system,” Canadian County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Grimes said.

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office last applied for the DAC grant in 2018.

“This came up in 2021 but it’s for this year,” Grimes explained.

Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson credited Lt. Grimes for his hard work to secure this grant award.



Also Monday, Undersheriff Kevin Ward presented the weekly county jail report to county commissioners.

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 14 had 236 inmates in custody. The jail population includes 194 prisoners at the detention center in El Reno and 40 housed in other contracted counties.

Some 11 Canadian County convicts await transfer to state prison in Lexington, Ward added.

In other business at their weekly meeting Feb. 14, Canadian County commissioners approved:

  • A $5,586.01 quote from United Systems to install a cell service booster at the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center. Another quote was almost $13,000.
  • Resolutions to declare county equipment as surplus for District 2 – a Stahl service body and a bottom dump trailer. These items will be sold at the Circuit Engineering District auction in Elk City.

Commissioners also agreed to sell a former Canadian County Emergency Management sport utility vehicle – previously declared surplus – in the upcoming auction.