Mayor Robin Oda and Police Chief Shawn McKinney are pleased to share that the City of Troy Police Department has received $6,744 in grant funding from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency's Ohio First Responder, Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience Grant Program. This grant program, authorized by Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), aims to address first responder burnout. Through the life of the program, approximately $75 million will go to address understaffing, stress, and mental health issues through grants across Ohio.
The funds the City received will go towards mandatory mental health wellness checks for our sworn police officers.
Chief McKinney said, "The goal is to make sure that officers are effectively dealing with the emotions that come from working as a first responder and prevent or reverse any destructive coping behaviors. By addressing officers' mental wellness, we believe they will be better equipped to serve the public."