New equipment being bought with money donated from three businesses will help officers keep roads safer, Southern Regional Police said.
Money is tight these days for government agencies, according to Southern Regional Sgt. Darryl Smuck.
"But there's equipment we still need to do our jobs properly," he said, which is why local businesses have agreed to fund the purchases.
Bupp Insurance on East Forrest Avenue in Shrewsbury Township is donating $500 to buy a Breathalyzer device, Smuck said.
Officer Cory Blais, who recently was certified as a drug-recognition expert, will use the Breathalyzer when doing field examinations on drivers suspected of being intoxicated, Smuck said. DREs are trained to spot people driving under the influence of various drugs and medications.
"This equipment will enable us to get ... impaired motorists off the road," Smuck said.
Helmet cam: The department is also buying a "helmet cam" to be mounted on the helmet of motorcycle Officer First Class Dan Teague. Smuck sometimes patrols on the department motorcycle as well.
Keller-Brown Insurance Services on South Main Street in Shrewsbury and Westfield Insurance are jointly donating $800 for that purchase, Smuck said.
The helmet-mounted camera will work much the same way as the department's "dash cams," Smuck said.
"It will help us enforce traffic-safety laws more effectively while allowing us to have recordings (of traffic stops) for prosecution and for liability (issues)," he said.
The three companies will present checks to the department at the next meeting of the Southern Regional Police Commission, set for 7 p.m. June 5 in New Freedom borough council chambers, Smuck said.
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