The Duncan Banner

July 24, 2013

Council approves purchase of laptops for DPD patrol cars

Mike Smith
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Most Duncan police cars will have laptop computers allowing officers to run instant license-plate checks without tying up dispatchers.

The City Council voted Tuesday to spend $16,880 on five new laptops for the Duncan Police Department, meaning 27 of 32 patrols cars will have on-board computers.

The Council also approved agreements allowing two companies to purchase adult dogs and cats after they have been euthanized by the city and distribute the remains for educational purposes.

Police Chief Danny Ford said the computers were included in the city’s 2013 budget.

The laptops can lead to safer traffic stops because officers will know immediately whether a vehicle is stolen or sought by other law enforcement agencies.

Running the information by computer in the patrol cars will free up dispatchers to take other calls.

The Council also approved agreements allowing two companies to purchase adult dogs and cats after they have been euthanized by the city and distribute the remains for educational purposes.

Under one agreement, Skulls Unlimited International Inc. of Oklahoma City will pay $5 for the remains of euthanized adult dogs and $3 for cats to be distributed for veterinary research.

The company is a leading supplier of osteologicial specimens to educational, medical and research fields. It says it provides legally and ethically obtained specimens.

Jay Villimarette, production manager of the company, declined to say Monday whether the company had agreements with other city animal control departments elsewhere. He said the company does not disclose its other suppliers.

“We work with a lot of different entities from all over the world,” he said.

Under the agreement, the company will pay for “useable” adult dogs and cats, meaning they must have a full compliment of teeth. The company will provide the city with a freezer to store the remains until they can be picked up.

The Council also approved an agreement with Bio Company, Inc. in which it pays $2 for euthanized adult cats measuring more than 12 inches from tail to nose. The specimens will be distributed for high school and college educational purposes.