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Earlier this year in April all law enforcement agencies in Burnett County signed on to work on a seat belt enforcement grant.

The Sheriff’s Office along with the Grantsburg, Siren, Webster and Tribal Police Departments have been working on the grant since. It is a two-year grant that will run until Oct. 2020, Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers told the Sentinel in April.

There were a total of 192 citations given out during this time period.

The grants reimburse traffic stops and the hours the officers work. He added the paperwork can be tricky, but since they have already participated in this particular grant process he does not foresee any challenges.

Sybers provided information that broke down the stops during the time of the grant from June through September at a recent public safety committee meeting.

Sheriff Tracy Finch visited with the Siren Village board over the summer and thanked the trustees for signing up for the grant.

“I would like to thank all of you for getting Siren PD involved with the traffic grants,” she said. “We’re getting out there and slowing people down, getting them to buckle up and getting drugs off the streets with traffic stops.”