OXFORD – Oxford police have been awarded a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant under the state’s Law Enforcement Terrorism Protection Program.

The $18,426.80 will pay for four video surveillance cameras for the town’s police cruisers and another four cameras for the Oxford Public Safety Building on Route 26.

“This surveillance will allow us to better assess who may be in or around the building,” said Oxford police Lt. Jon Tibbetts. The video cameras for the cruisers “will also assist us in surveillance of any suspicious activity in the town of Oxford.”

Tibbetts said in the grant application that the equipment can also be utilized, if need be, for surveillance at the Oxford County Regional Airport.

Four cameras will be installed on the Public Safety Building and another four will be installed in the town’s police cruisers.

At Thursday’s selectmen’s meeting, Tibbetts said the funds are the first to be granted to the Police Department under the Homeland Security grant program.

Selectmen also approved a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant for the Fire Department. The $13,521 grant will be used to buy an all-terrain vehicle, a trailer, a defibrillator and other equipment.

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