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For Pa. police, grants are vital but becoming scarce

By Kimm R. Montone
The Scranton Times-Tribune

SCRANTON, Pa. — Two portable alcohol­screening devices sat in cases on a table inside Police Chief David Elliott's office. Next to them lay about 250 plastic mouthpieces that the depart­ment's patrol division will use on suspected drunken drivers.

At $ 500 each, the two screening devices arrived thanks to grant dollars from the state attorney general's office, the chief said.

"People say $ 500 is no big deal, but that's $ 500 we don't have to take out of our bud­get," he said.

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