The Rincon Police Department is now at full staff, with three new offices, its latest K9 ready for service and city council’s approval to purchase a new police car.
Rincon council members approved Monday night the purchase of a 2015 Dodge Charger for $42,469, along with lights, camera, radio and radar. Chief Phillip Scholl said the newest patrol car will replace an existing unit. The computer from the old car will be moved into the newer vehicle.
Much of what will come with the next police car, though, will be new, Scholl explained.
“We’re trying to move up in technology with this car,” he said. “The camera and the (officer’s) lapel microphone will be able to communicate with each other. They will sync with each other.”
The car’s camera also will record in high-definition and will go straight to a hard drive.
“They are phasing out the old DVRs,” he said. “The new technology is more affordable.”
The department will buy a new radio with the new car, Scholl said.
“We can spend $4,000 now instead of $40,000 later if we wait to buy 10 radios in 2017,” he said.
The chief also said that Snitch, the department’s second K9, has passed all certification and is ready for duty. Rincon now has two K9s, Snitch and Senna. Snitch has been trained for narcotics interdiction and apprehension. Senna is trained for narcotics and tracking.
Scholl also introduced three new officers, two of whom had previous military and military police backgrounds.
“They bring a lot of knowledge and a lot of experience,” Scholl said. “We look forward to them being a part of the force. We are full staff. We are firing on all cylinders.”
Said Mayor Ken Lee to the new officers: “We’re real proud of our police department and we hope you’ll be a great addition.”
Scholl also said the latest citizens police academy class finished and the turnout was great.