• December 17, 2014

KPD requests 20 new vehicles, new SWAT vehicle

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:30 am

The Killeen Police Department is requesting the City Council’s authorization to purchase 20 new patrol units and a fully equipped tactical response unit for the department’s SWAT team.

According to city documents, the department is requesting the authorization to purchase 20 Chevrolet Tahoes, as well as voice radio systems, digital mobile data terminals and graphics kits for each vehicle.

The total cost of the vehicles and the equipment is $1.1 million. According to documents, $897,513 of the funding is available in the city’s general fund motor vehicles account, and the remaining $258,751 is available in the red-light enforcement fund.

The red-light enforcement fund generates revenue from the automated red-light cameras at some of the city’s busiest intersections.

The police department also is requesting a nearly $300,000 ballistic armored tactical transport vehicle equipped with emergency equipment and graphics kits.

Funding for the SWAT vehicle is available in the city’s general fund, according to documents.

In the 2014 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, the department expended approximately $510,221 on new and replacement equipment. Funding for the equipment comes from various accounts, including the department’s budget, state and federal grants and special accounts.

Since January, the council has given the department the go-ahead to purchase $393,102 worth of equipment, including 23 tactical vests and 231 FNH FN-15 military-style carbines.

During the 2012-2013 budget cycle, the council authorized the department to purchase and outfit 25 new vehicles at a cost of $1.4 million.

The request is slated to go before the council at its 5 p.m. workshop meeting today in the Utility Collections conference room, 210 W. Avenue C.

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3 comments:

  • nulisecundus posted at 12:30 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    nulisecundus Posts: 134

    so, apparently All of the current radio equipment is now obsolete? what happened to the way too small chevys ya bought?

     
  • Alvin posted at 2:22 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 249

    The KPD is at it again. Now they are requesting the purchase of 20 new Tahoes, plus all of the voice radio systems, digital mobile data terminals and graphics kits for each vehicle. In addition they are requesting a nearly $300,000 ballistic armored tactical transport vehicle equipped with emergency equipment and graphics kits. My question, didn't the town of killeen just replace a number of police units, equipped with all of the bells and whistles a year or 2 ago? Copy: 'During the 2012-2013 budget cycle, the council authorized the department to purchase and outfit 25 new vehicles at a cost of $1.4 million.' End of copy. Is this the cars they are wanting to replace now? The paper alluded to the cars not being big enough when all of the equipment is loaded into the cars. Why is it the cars must be loaded with the latest of the 'voice radio systems, digital mobile data terminals and graphics kits? Can't last years model of all of this equipment be 'removed from the vehicle and replaced in the new vehicle'. Why is it the rolling stock continually be increased? Again, according o the newspaper, and I quote; 'The problem with the equipment is, once you get it in there, there's limited space'. Plus, if you think about it, some of the folks that we arrest are larger and can't fit in the back of a smaller sedan'. Is the problem really 'that people are larger or you bought a vehicle that was not the correct one'?
    The paper states that '25 percent of the new vehicles purchased are required to go into the patrol fleet, while the rest are individually assigned to officers. Does that mean that 75 percent of the new vehicles purchased will not be going to a patrol unit, but instead go to 'not front line patrol units', but individual officers?
    The tactical transport unit is suggested that it is to replace it's current 37 year old SWAT vehicle. All I've got to say on this item is; 'spend the money wisely'. If the ballistic capability is deteriorating and substandard to what is on the market today, that is for you to assess, but do it wisely. As you state , the DOD's 1033 program whereas mine resistant ambush protected vehicles are available, but not considered at this time.

     
  • nulisecundus posted at 9:48 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    nulisecundus Posts: 134

    yes, KPD must have the equipment to suppress any civil disobedience AKA gestapo