The Hermiston Police Department recently received news that it will receive a $26,985 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to help enforce traffic safety along the Highway 395 corridor while it is under construction.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston said the department also received at $1,800 grant from the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation for the purchase of three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for its patrol cars.
Edmiston said the ODOT grant money will be used to pay for officers working overtime enforcing the rules of the road along Highway 395.
“Being on the receiving end of a traffic citation is not fun and we recognize that,” Edmiston said. “The majority of complaints our department receives are traffic related and primarily focused around the Highway 395 corridor. We would encourage our citizenry to slow down and avoid distractions during the construction.”
Edmiston said he was grateful to the health foundation for its support.
“The Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation has provided incredible opportunities to numerous organizations and entities in the Hermiston area. We are very fortunate to be able to purchase additional AED units to assist the work being done by our patrol officers.”