October 30, 2013 | LXXIII, No. 31

Mayor offers insight on police contract

Letters to the Editor

I wish to provide some insight to the USBR Law Enforcement Contract with regards to the benefits this contract provides to the citizens of the Town of Coulee Dam.

The Coulee Dam Police Department has provided 24 hour 7 day a week Police Protection to the Bureau of Reclamation since September 11, 2001. This Contract has provided for additional security presence within and around Coulee Dam, along with enabling the town to provide for additional employment and maintain and improve its police equipment. In detail these funds provide for up to date communication equipment, training, less threatening options for enforcement equipment and police vehicles on a rotation schedule.

With the loss of this contract, the town’s budget is unable to retain adequate police personnel, which in turn required us to lay off employees and reduce the security presence within the town.

We are currently hopeful that the town will be again part of this law enforcement police protection contract as we are in current positive discussions with representatives of the US Bureau of Reclamation.

Mayor “Quincy” Snow

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