public safety

US utility ComEd has partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to fund local public safety projects in northern Illinois.

The partnership will provide grants of up to $10,000 each to 21 innovative public safety projects.

The Powering Safe Communities grants aim to improve the efficiency and delivery of public safety programmes, increase community resiliency and address unmet safety needs.

Terence R.Donnelly, the utility’s president, said: "At ComEd, safety is our number one priority — not just for our employees and our customers, but for the greater communities where we live, work, and play.

ComEd and the programme administrator the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have delivered more than $500,000 in funding to 70 public safety projects in the last three years.

ComEd has provided funding since the programme launch four years ago.

The Village of Arlington Heights will use its grant to purchase a Smart Board display to enhance disaster preparedness and community resiliency.

The Smart Board display will augment the decision-making process in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

The City of Countryside will purchase and install high-definition video cameras at the City’s most attended parks, Ideal Park and Countryside Park, to capture vital evidence in the event of a serious criminal incident.

The Village of Flossmoor will purchase two portable, programmable and energy-efficient speed display signs to be used at multiple locations throughout the Village. The signs will allow the Village to set sign configurations, schedule operating modes and gather traffic data for analysis.