Police to get new cars, radios, cameras

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stefan Rogenmoser/Gazette GCPD Cheif Harvey Becker (standing, at left) answers questions from the audience at the March 11 Goose Creek City Council meeting. Also pictured, from left, are Fire Chief Steve Chapman, Public Works Director Steve Price and Finance Director Ron Faretra.

The Goose Creek Police Department will receive eight new 2014 Dodge Chargers this year, but they will need to be outfitted with radios and other equipment before they go on patrol.

Goose Creek City Council approved these purchases at its regularly scheduled March 11 meeting. This was all planned in the city’s 2014 budget.

GCPD Chief Harvey Becker made a request to council to purchase eight mobile radios and three portable radios from state contract vendor Radio Communications of Charleston for a total of $42,845.

Council also approved the purchase of in-car cameras, sirens, lights and miscellaneous equipment from state contractor Light-N-Up LLC for a total of $99,057.

Council also approved a purchase order of five Panasonic Toughbook mobile data terminals to replaced aged and malfunctioning units from state contract vendor Synnex Corporation for a total of $18,968.

The total amount of equipment needed for the new vehicles is $164,800, according to city records. The Dodge Charges each cost $23,525 and have a total cost of $188,200.

The cost of the vehicles and equipment totals $353,000.

New patrol service vehicles are manufactured per order so they generally take 90 to 120 days to assemble and ship from the factory, according to GCPD Capt. John Grainger.

The installation of agency equipment, affixing decals, and final delivery from the installation vendor can take several additional weeks, Grainger said. He added that there is not an exact science and the process takes an estimated four to five months.

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