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Cottageville sporting new Tahoes, equipment

Cottageville’s Police Department is sporting new patrol cars, thanks to the town budgeting the amount ahead of time.

The department’s previous patrol cars have been replaced with three new Chevrolet Tahoes. The Town of Cottageville paid for the Tahoes as part of its operating budget for the 2015 year. The equipment for the Tahoes, however, was funded through an equipment grant. Each Tahoe has digital camera systems. “They look very professional, and the Tahoes are good for our rural, back roads,” said Cottageville Police Chief Charles Long.

Additionally, the Cottageville Police Department has been given body cameras for its officers to wear. These five cameras were issued recently to the department by the state for the Cottageville department’s participation in DUI compliancy and campaigns, said Long.

At Monday’s Cottageville Town Council meeting, Long reported that the town’s police department has nearly tripled the number of speeding tickets and warnings issued in February of this year, as compared to February of 2014.

According to Long, the police department issued 92 citations in February of 2014. In February of this year, the department issued 262 speeding tickets, plus an additional 116 warnings. Long says the department also handled 27 other violations in February. He contributes the spike in more police activity to lower gas prices. “More people are getting on the road,” he said. “Accidents, however, are going down in the town.” Long says the department had only one accident in February of this year, as compared to six in February of 2014.

“We are going to keep the town safe, and be a professional department,” said Long.

Long says he is working on writing other grants to continually upgrade the town’s police equipment, fleet and community services.

 

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