Resolutions geared toward the improvement of the Turlock Police Department (TPD) are on the scheduled agenda for the Turlock City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 14 relating to the replacement of police vehicles, trading in out-of-service firearms and accepting terms of the $500,000 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant offered by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fund four additional city police officers.
There is a request to accept a $500,000 grant offered by the DOJ that would allow the City to hire four more police officers in order to reinstate TPD’s Street Crimes Unit that was previously cut due to budgetary issues. Per the grant’s requirements, the City projects matching $693,327.44 over a three year term in order to accept.
In total, the COPS grant project will contribute an estimated $1,193,327.44 to the Police Department over the three year term with the $125,000 in grant funding per officer.
Put forward by Lt. Ron Reid, is a request to approve the purchase of six replacement marked black and white police vehicles for TPD from Patchetts Ford in Turlock with all emergency equipment and aftermarket installation provided by LEHR Auto Electric & Emergency Equipment of Sacramento. The replacements are budgeted to not exceed $276,000, or $46,000 per vehicle.
Council had originally postponed the item, which was first heard at the Sept. 23 meeting, as the City believed Patchetts could give them a better deal. The City was going to purchase the vehicles from Downtown Ford Sales of Sacramento.
Additionally, there is a motion put on the agenda by Police Chief Robert Jackson and Lt. Miguel Pacheco to authorize the TPD to trade-in firearms the department is taking out of commission, to an authorized firearms dealer, for a trade-in value, in order to offset costs of replacement firearms. Approval to purchase new firearms, however, is not on the agenda.
The matters put forward by members of the Turlock Police Department geared toward improving public safety will have long term effects on the community and safety of Turlock Residents.
The meeting will be held Tuesday at 156 S. Broadway at Turlock City Hall in the Yosemite Room at 6 p.m.