Columbus police to receive $15k of free equipment

Published 6:07 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Columbus Police Department will soon be equipped with $15,200 worth of new equipment at no cost to the town.
Columbus Town Council met Thursday, Aug. 16 and approved a resolution to accept funding for a new light tower and generator, an equipment trailer, a set of checkpoint signs, 20 traffic cones, 10 traffic vests and five flashlights.
The state funding is from the town’s participation with the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety program.
The town conducts activities to gain points, mainly through vehicle checkpoints and assisting other checkpoints. The more points are gained throughout the year for the program, the more funding is possible in order to purchase equipment to increase enforcement.
The town is not required to contribute a match to the funding.
Columbus will send its resolution to the state for final approval. Columbus police officers said the state will likely give the final approval in October, with the new equipment arriving in December.

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