Fiscal year is final in police radio replacement project

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Pella Police Department (photo from Pella PD Facebook page)

The Pella Police Department has budgeted $48,872 for community service protection sirens in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Police Chief Robert Bokinsky explained that this will allow dispatch stations in Marion County (there are two, the PPD and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office) to connect to the City’s outdoor warning system. This will better enable the City to raise awareness of public safety issues. A portion of the cost of the new sirens will be covered by a grant secured by Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson.

The department has also budgeted $40,000 for P25 radio equipment. This is part of an ongoing project for the department to reach inter-operability among all public safety organizations. The cooperative communication among all of these agencies was demanded by the federal government to change radio frequencies. This is the final year of four for radio purchases. These will be placed in the department’s vehicles.

Another $70,652 was budgeted for a new police issue Chevrolet Tahoe. The City is getting the low, state bid for the new vehicle at $35,000. Remaining costs are to equip the vehicle.

The PPD is forming a new tactical team with Mahaska County and the City of Grinnell. $19,818 is budgeted as Pella’s portion of equipping the team.

Finally, in the current fiscal year, there is $15,000 budgeted for gun range construction. The PPD is working with Vermeer on this project to improve safety. The height of the berm in which targets are hung will increase, as will the wall behind it.

The PPD intends to refurbish its radar sign and purchase an application for its call record-keeping to be used in the field.