Wandering

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#1 Mar 21, 2012
When is the Council ever going to say NO! and protect taxpayers' money. Why does the Cove need a SWAT truck? Four incidents in a year and 15 SWAT team members versus $100,000 of taxpayer money does seem over balanced. Has the Council ever said No in the last couple of years to anythiing the city staff proposed?
aux

United States

#2 Mar 22, 2012
Wandering wrote:
When is the Council ever going to say NO! and protect taxpayers' money. Why does the Cove need a SWAT truck? Four incidents in a year and 15 SWAT team members versus $100,000 of taxpayer money does seem over balanced. Has the Council ever said No in the last couple of years to anythiing the city staff proposed?
If it saves just one life over 10 years then isn't it worth it? 4 incidents in one year, does that mean thats all there will ever be in one year or could that number increase?
Distance Observer

Belton, TX

#3 Mar 25, 2012
Wandering wrote:
When is the Council ever going to say NO! and protect taxpayers' money. Why does the Cove need a SWAT truck? Four incidents in a year and 15 SWAT team members versus $100,000 of taxpayer money does seem over balanced. Has the Council ever said No in the last couple of years to anythiing the city staff proposed?
It wasn't a unimous vote by the council. If I recall correctly three members voted against it, Youngs, Palmer and Smith. Today's KDH editorial has a pretty good take on the matter.
paco

United States

#4 Mar 26, 2012
I don't think it would be used enough, I would rather have about a half dozen bad ass country boys, and I think we already have that,ft Hood would be glad to help they did at the Waco masacre!!
Ray

Killeen, TX

#5 Mar 26, 2012
paco wrote:
I don't think it would be used enough, I would rather have about a half dozen bad ass country boys, and I think we already have that,ft Hood would be glad to help they did at the Waco masacre!!
Yet when the Fort Hood shooting happened they called the local police for help.

If that SWAT truck is ever used for a school shooting, it was worth every penny spent.

Now I do think it would have saved a lot if we asked Fort Hood for a Military vehicle now that the war is over for the most. One MRAP for the community that Fort Hood does not need, and that Fort Hood would get mutual aid from if needed.

So it might be a waste of money if our city did not try to use Fort Hood, but if they did, then we should shell out to have protection for our City.
charlie youngs

Belton, TX

#6 Mar 29, 2012
It was hard to vote against this type of public safety item. You never know when something will take place where you need this type of vehicle to try to save a life.

The council approved about $103,000.00 for 3 new police cars as well as another 100,000.00 + for computers in police cars as well as support for fire operations.

The three quotes the city received for this item was $103,550.00.$178,417.00, and $188,793.00.

We would never see this low of a quote for this type of vehicle so it probably made sense to buy the item and be done with it.

Public safety is a very important area for all elected officials. Sometimes it is hard to select the right path to go down.

My own reason was that I wanted to buy 3 more new police cars so we could add a total of 6 new cars to the current fleet. I felt the six new cars would get
much more use than the SWAT vehicle.

In the long run it will be a good addition to our overall Public Safety program.

v/r

Charlie Youngs
City Councilman
Concerned

Killeen, TX

#7 Apr 8, 2012
Will this new SWAT vehicle help the cops put an end to all the home burglaries that have been going on the past 6 months or so?

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