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MAY 20, 2010

Chief Wilson gives OPD update

Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson   In his regular report to the City Council meeting May 11, Orofino Chief of Police, Jeff Wilson, gave an overview of events occurring in the department recently.

   Door hangers will be used when an officer visits a business or residence to alert the owner that a security check has been made.

   A conditional offer of employment has been made to Mike Shore of Augusta, GA. His first date of employment will take place May 24 once all hiring procedures have been completed.

   Chief Wilson was asked to participate as part of a three part panel consisting of one Chief, one Sheriff, and one ISP officer in a Highway Safety Summit. The panel discussed highway safety grants, emphasis patrols, and ways to obtain funding for better technology tools.

   Chief Wilson intends to offer a Citizen’s Academy in the Fall. There will need to be a minimum of 20 participants, and it is open to any interested persons in the community. The program will meet once a week for 10 weeks to share information about the police department, to educate the public on what the police department is doing, and to further communications.

   Orofino was recently written up in a quarterly newsletter put out by In-Synch Systems, the organization that provided the new technology to OPD.

   The traffic monitoring, speed trailer will be implemented in front of Orofino High School prior to graduation. Chief Wilson asked for recommendations from the council as to other areas where they thought it might be an effective tool for managing traffic.

   The department has purchased three sets of “stop sticks” that are used to immobilize a vehicle for any needed reason. One set will be supplied to the chief’s vehicle and one each to the two corporal’s squad cars.

   Chief Wilson gave an update on the unbiased policing grant. A second reimbursement on that grant has been received in the amount of $36,000. The grant should close out in September when a final reimbursement will be made to reach the total $200,000 of the original amount allotted. A “soft match” is required, demonstrating patrol hours achieved. To date, 37,000 of the necessary 50,000 patrol hours have been completed.