The St. Clair Police Department soon will have two additional Tasers officers can use to help keep law and order in the city when necessary.

During a December board of aldermen meeting, Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association representative Jeff Arp announced that a $1,618 grant application had been approved for the police department to obtain the additional Tasers. Police Chief Bill Hammack told The Missourian that his department now will have five of them on hand after the new ones arrive.

Hammack said the grant covers 70 percent of the cost of the units, which are electroshock weapons that use electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles causing neuromuscular incapacitation.

He told The Missourian recently that the Tasers will be ordered this month and that the department’s share of the cost has been budgeted.

Arp represents MIRMA’s risk management grant program. He presented Hammack with a plaque for participating in the program.

Hammack said the police department applied for the grant in the fall.

The police chief also said getting the Tasers through grants continues his department’s procedure of obtaining electronic equipment in this way. Hammack said virtually all of the department’s vehicle electronic equipment, including cameras and light bars, was obtained through grants.

Most of the grants received came at the federal level, he said.

MIRMA provides the city’s insurance. It is a self-insurance pool created and owned entirely by participating municipalities and functions solely for their benefit.

It began operations in 1981 to address the needs of municipalities and offers the majority of coverages a Missouri municipality requires.