Paoli Police Department secures grants for equipment and programs

PAOLI – Officers with the Paoli Police Department have continued working diligently since January in preparing and submitting local, state, and federal grants for funding of projects and equipment to be utilized throughout the Town of Paoli and in Orange County.

Paoli Police Chief Randy Sanders

“We are grateful for the generous support that we have received thus far and our officers will continue working on finding available funding to pay for the needed equipment and supplies for our officers and community events without putting a burden on the taxpayers of the Town of Paoli,” said Paoli Police Chief Randy Sanders.

Listed below are the grants or donations the department has received since January 1, 2023.

• Hoosier Uplands – $ 5,780 for Drone equipped with a thermal camera.

• Families in Action – $ 3,139.47 for the department’s K9 program.

• Walmart – $ 1,600 for the department’s Reserve Officer Program.

• Eiklor Flames $ 1,000 for the department’s Reserve Officer Program.

• Indiana Criminal Justice Institute – $ 6,000 for X series LIDAR (hand-held radar unit)

• Indiana Criminal Justice Institute – $ 5,000 for a SoToxa Mobile Test System. This system is a handheld analyzer that provides the optimal combination of speed, ease of use, reliability, and accuracy for drug testing at the roadside. It can detect up to 6 drug classes within 5 minutes from a single oral fluid collection sample.

• Inliner $2,000 metal storage container (donated)

• Indiana Criminal Justice Institute – $640.50 – Stop Arm Violation EnforcementGrant

The department plans to continue to pursue grants throughout the year and will update the public when they come available.

If a business or individual is interested in making a donation for the department’s programs (listed below) you can contact the department at 1140 West Main Street in Paoli or call 812-723-2836.


• Community Outreach – School Events (safe prom, drug prevention, costume events for the kids) Chaplain program, Community Events ( JayCee park Halloween event, Easter event, Fall Festival, block party, community safety training).

• K9 Program –Medical cost for dogs, annual training, Equipment( maintenance, kennel, food)

• Reserve Program- Equipment Cost ( Uniforms, duty belt, boots, firearm, training, equipment for vehicle body armor).