Written by Patricia Gay
Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
The Weston Police Department received notification that it has been approved for a $30,000 federal Justice Assistance Pass Through Grant (JAG), which will allow the department to purchase law enforcement operations equipment.
The department intends to purchase several items with the money, including a utility terrain vehicle (UTV), a four-wheel drive vehicle that may be used for searches and rescues in remote areas such as the Saugatuck Reservoir and Devil’s Den.
“The good thing about a UTV is it can be equipped to carry a stretcher and it has lights, so rescues can be handled in the dark,” said Weston Police Chief John Troxell.
The vehicle comes equipped with first aid kits and an AED heart monitor system. It is estimated to cost between $10,000 and $12,000, Chief Troxell said.
The department also intends to use part of the grant proceeds to purchase several EOTECH tactical rifle optics scopes for its rifles.
“We currently use iron sights on the rifles but the EOTECH optics scopes are more proficient, safer, and will decrease potential liability,” Chief Troxell said.
The scopes cost between $250 and $600 apiece and the department plans to buy 15 of them, or as many as it can afford under the grant.
Another item under consideration for purchase is a Stalker laser radar unit, to enhance traffic enforcement. The department currently uses a Doppler radar system that is mounted on the side of a patrol car.
The laser unit can be held like a handgun, and will allow officers to wave cars over, something they can’t do with the doppler system. The laser radar unit is also capable of mapping and measuring, which is useful for motor vehicle investigations, Chief Troxell said.
With any additional funds, the department would like to enhance its data and technology systems and update its software programs.
Weston Police Sergeant Mike Ferullo processed the application for the JAG grant and is also pricing items in order to get the lowest prices, Chief Troxell said.