La Plata town coun­cil, po­lice agree to re­place ve­hi­cle af­ter col­li­sion

Maryland Independent - - News - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

On Nov. 8, the La Plata Po­lice De­part­ment met with the La Plata Town Coun­cil to dis­cuss two pro­pos­als nec­es­sary for the de­part­ment to con­tinue ef­fec­tive com­mu­nity polic­ing.

Po­lice Chief Carl Schin- ner sent a writ­ten re­quest to the town staff on Nov. 6 about the pur­chase of a po­lice ve­hi­cle and the up-fit­ting ex­pense for the re­place­ment car.

“On Oct. 10, 2016, a La Plata po­lice of­fi­cer was in­volved in a col­li­sion in front of Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter,” Schin­ner said. “Our of- fi­cer was look­ing at the com­puter. He openly ad­mit­ted that he was wrong. The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­sur­ance Trust (LGIT) is re­plac­ing the ve­hi­cle.”

Ac­cord­ing to a LGIT ad­juster, the cruiser is a to­tal loss. City clerk Danielle Man­d­ley said the in­sur­ance com­pany will pro­vide $28,000 to re­place the ve­hi­cle.

Schin­ner said the LGIT set­tle­ment is enough to pur­chase a new Ford Po­lice Util­ity In­ter­cep­tor cruiser and cover the cost for the graph­ics. Howev- er, it is in­suf­fi­cient to re­place the cruiser’s emer- gency equip­ment. He said the cost for the equip­ment re­moval, new equip­ment and equip­ment in­stalla- tion is not bud­geted, as the ac­ci­dent was un­fore­seen and the de­part­ment cur­rently does not have a spare marked ve­hi­cle.

The coun­cil heard Schin­ner present both pro­pos­als. The first pro­posal would au­tho­rize the Town of La Plata to en­ter into a con­tract with Hunt Ford to pur­chase an ad­di­tional cruiser, which will be paid for by the in­sur­ance pay­out on the to­taled car — a to­tal cost of $26,912.

The sec­ond pro­posal is to au­tho­rize ad­di­tional fund­ing to in­stall other equip­ment from Breck- ford Cor­po­ra­tion, such as lights, a siren and a printer, mak­ing the car road­wor­thy when it is re­ceived, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice de­part­ment. Breck­ford is the com­pany the de­part­ment uses to equip new po­lice cars.

Mayor Roy G. Hale said the town coun­cil’s con­sen- sus was in fa­vor of both of the po­lice de­part­ment’s pro­pos­als.

“It was unan­i­mously ap­proved by the coun- cil,” Hale said. “We have a spec­i­fied num­ber of of­fi­cers that are on duty, so this will pro­vide the equip­ment that we need to en­sure that all the offi- cers can serve ef­fec­tively.”

Schin­ner said Breck­ford Cor­po­ra­tion will also be re­mov­ing the in-car cam­era, po­lice ra­dio and com­puter stand from the crashed car. The Town of La Plata Pub­lic Works De­part­ment will re­move all other equip­ment.

“The new cruiser will be out­fit­ted with the same equip­ment the other Ford Po­lice Util­ity In­ter­cep­tors cur­rently con­tain,” Schin­ner said. “The cost of re­mov­ing and re­in­stalling the ra­dio, com­puter stand and in-car cam­era sys­tem is CCI $950. The cost of equip­ment and la­bor for the emer­gency equip­ment $8,800. The to­tal cost of equip­ment re­moval, new equip­ment and equip­ment in­stal­la­tion is $9,750.”

The con­tract awarded to Hunt Ford in­cludes a 2017 Ford Po­lice In­ter­cep­tor Util­ity, all wheel drive ve­hi­cle to be pur­chased in ebony color with rear win­dow power delete, cour­tesy lamp and chimes dis­abled, driver LED spot­light, heated mir­ror, noise sup­pres­sion bonds, rear door han­dles and locks in­op­er­a­ble, and an ex­tra set of keys.

Town Manager Daniel Mears said the pro­pos­als will be con­sid­ered for adop­tion by the town coun­cil at the busi­ness meet­ing on Nov. 22.

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