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Cloverdale PD updates system

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Cloverdale police department will be "going live with new 800-megahertz radios Nov. 1," Councilman Terry Puffer told his fellow council members Tuesday night.

The police department currently has five radios and is need of three more. The radios cost $3,000 each.

It is a matter of public safety for the department to have the 800-megahertz radios. They are equipped with a panic button, which allows an officer to push and essentially have the full attention of the county.

"All action in the county will stop and provide the officer with help," said Puffer. "It is a superior system."

The department is also tentatively set to use a new computer system, Record Management System, by Jan. RMS will allow all law enforcement agencies to access reports.

"If someone commits an offense in Cloverdale and the same offense in Greencastle, the connection may or may not be made," said Puffer.

Patrol officers will also be equipped with new laptops in their cars. These computers will let the officers run driver checks, criminal background checks and other functions from their squad cars. This will eliminate the need for broadcasting information over the radios to dispatch.

A request by the Redevelopment Committee was approved for repaving Stardust Road from the entrances of Stardust Hills to the new arena.

President of the Redevelopment Committee, Don Gedert, said, "The funding will come from Tax Increment Financing (TIF tax), which is a special program."

TIF money comes from property tax revenue and is credited to the redevelopment district rather than the traditional taxing units such as schools, civil city, and county, said the www.in.gov/indot Web site.

The revenue can be used for projects such as repaving roads, infrastructure or other improvements.

The paving should be done by the first of November.

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RMS's can help a lot and should be standard equipment across the country. Congratulations to Gedert for getting the road paved. That road has needed paved for years and is only proper to have it paved now for the Arena's sake.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 4:58 AM

Bondsman: With every new system there are bugs to work out; programs change and the way of doing things also change. The dispatchers are constantly trying to keep up with the changes that are made while answering calls that come in two and three at a time. Some calls to 911 are hangups which require the dispatcher to call the number back to see if it is a real emergency. Other calls are not true emergencies - calling dispatch to see if they can look up a phone number is pure laziness on the caller's part.

It is good to hear that Stardust Road will be paved, but how long will the road stay in good shape? With all the pipeline traffic from the northside of Stardust Road the road at the entrance has fallen apart quickly. Will this happen to new pavement also?

-- Posted by cloverlady on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 9:38 AM

welcome to the 21st century, other departments have had this in place for years and years. as far as the "panic button" it's only as good as the system and the dispatcher, so.......

-- Posted by gottokno on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 10:22 AM

I agree "bbyblus" They are eathier always parked behind the station or they are at Chicago's pizza.I went to Greencastle the other day did what i had to do about an hour and a half later come back through Cloverdale and the same Cloverdale cops were still at Chicago's pizza!

Damn them radios are gonna come in handy!

-- Posted by Buck_Hunter_2008 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 9:25 PM

It could be worse, they could be parked at whitakers for five hours with the motor running.

-- Posted by captain crunch on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 11:13 AM

What you are not realizing is that Cloverdale officers do not get take home cars, so yes their cars are going to sit somewhere while they arent being used. If you dont like that then talk to your town council. As far as the car sitting at Whitakers, that is a perk of being town marshall. Get this people, you can even take it to funeral homes!!! WOW! Seriously find other more important issues to complain about. Everyone has something bad to say about the police until they need help. You may not like them but show some respect, if you cant do that and feel you'd make a better officer then quit your job, go through the physically and mentally draining academy and training and then maybe you can make some smart aleck comments as to where you want the PD cars parked!

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sun, Oct 19, 2008, at 8:18 AM

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