The department also participated in the RSVP Drug Toss and placed a drug toss box in city hall. Officers conducted safety and security programs, child fingerprinting and proper car seat placement for community residents and provided traffic control for civic events. They also promoted TestMyTeen.com and worked with local schools in many facets, according to the chief, who added that the job-shadow program will not be offered any longer at the advice of the department’s insurance carrier.
In addition, the department’s three K -9 officers and their handlers, along with Assistant Chief Todd Church, trained five to six hours weekly. The K-9 units assisted in numerous searches and worked with other law-enforcement agencies.
“Two new police officers were hired in 2012,” Healy said,”and currently the police department is in the process of hiring a new police officer. The Washington Police Department has two reserve officers who have gone through the 40-hour pre-basic training, as well as firearms, and other training the police officers go through at the monthly training.”
Healy updated the council on new equipment purchased or needed. He also explained that WPD dispatchers are trained in CPR, emergency medical dispatch and the IDACS/NCIC computer program, and they’re recertified every two years. Healy said the dispatchers are also trained in several criminal justice aspects.
“The records and reports in the IDACS/NCIC computer were audited and were in compliance,” Healy said in his report.
In other business
* City attorney Tim Dant read a resolution establishing the amount of payment in lieu of taxes to be collected from Washington Municipal Utilities for 2013. Mayor Joe Wellman explained each of the three utilities pay an amount to the city’s General Fund equal to what they’d pay in taxes if they were for-profit entities. For the Light and Power Department, the amount is $107,543.67; it’s $295,784.98 for the Water Works Department; and $291,612.50 for the Waste Water/Storm Water Department, for a $696,941.15 grand total.