County OKs Sheriff's Office requests

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By Dave Taylor

The members of Trimble County Fiscal Court on Monday approved the expenditure of up to $10,000 for the purchase of tasers on behalf of the Trimble County Sheriff’s Department.

The purchase would be made from county coffers, which would be reimbursed with funds appropriated for the purchase through a grant from the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security to the sheriff’s department.

Chief Deputy Rich Knighten of the Trimble County Sheriff’s Department approached the court with the matter on behalf of Sheriff Tim Coons who is attending the Kentucky State Sheriff’s Association meeting this week. The sheriff’s office cannot directly purchase the tasers, Knighten said.

“The taser purchase actually has to come through the office of the county,” Knighten said. “Then there is an electronic transfer of funds back to the county as soon as we send in the receipt for receiving the tasers. It would be about a two to three week transfer turnaround. The state actually has the funds set aside up to $10,000.”
Knighten said the bid was $9,996 for tasers and equipment from Taser International in Arizona. The materials are boxed up and ready to send and would arrive within three days of approval of the order. Shipping would be paid for out of the sheriff’s budget.
“That would give us enough for each officer to have the taser, the holster the cartridges and all the equipment that we would need,” he said.
The court also approved the purchase of a pickup truck by the sheriff’s department. The vehicle “will be a marked fleet car with a light bar on top,” Knighten said. The expenditure will come from the sheriff’s department budget. Insurance on the vehicle will be the responsibility of the county. The vehicle will have an equipment console, a cage and radios. The cost of the truck is $25,708.92, Knighten said.

“It will be a major asset to the county,” Knighten said.

The court also voted to give permission to District 4 Constable Randy Smith to install blue lights on his vehicle. The vote came after the recommendation of Sheriff Coons and Chief Deputy Knighten. Knighten said he had met with Smith and discussed his training at length.

“He has as much training as he’s going to be able to get without attending the formal police academy in Richmond,” Knighten said. “It’s an availability issue where sheriff’s department officers and police department officers have higher priority of getting seats in the classes. Those classes are filled up nine months to a year in advance.”

Knighten said Smith would install the lights at his own expense.

Magistrate Kirby Melvin was the lone dissenting vote in the 3-1 decision.