|Martin PD chosen for statewide pilot program |
|Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:29 pm |
|During a formal session Monday evening of the City of Martin’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Martin Police Chief David Moore announced his department was chosen to participate in a statewide pilot program with the ultimate goal of lowering insurance costs for the city. |
Under the program, the Martin Police Department would update a policy and procedures manual from 1998 to incorporate all of the operations of the department.
“We have practices that we call policy and memos, but that manual doesn’t reflect those updates. This is all about checks and balances for our department,” Moore explained.
Through the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the MPD was chosen to undertake a “labor-intensive” assessment and implementation of documenting guidelines.
“The cost savings of this project is liability protection for us, but it’s hard to calculate,” Moore added. The police chief estimated that among 28 trained officers at an insurance cost savings of approximately $200 each year for each officer, the City of Martin could reap the benefits.
“This is a study into how we do business and to do what we say we are going to do,” Moore said.
He asked for the board’s support throughout the nearly two-year process as he seeks its approval for “general orders” written within the police department.
As a pilot department, the MPD could in turn, teach other departments across the state implementation of the program, in turn creating a system of well-trained and knowledgeable departments across Tennessee.
There are seven benchmarks that must be completed within a two-year period. Within the next two months, Moore said the labor-intensive process would begin for Capt. Don Teal and his administrative team as they work toward reaching the additional benchmarks.
Once the department has completed its policy implementation, it must undergo a reassessment annually.
In other board news, members approved a resolution to enter into a contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation for help construct a proposed industrial access highway off of Hwy. 431 (Main Street) to the railroad tracks on Ellis Street.
The purpose of the access os to allow the Weakley County Farmer’s Co-op to construct a fertilizer plant behind its Martin location.
Board members also approved rezoning a tract of land off of Tyler Austin Road from R-1 (low density residential) to R-1A (high density residential).
The rezoning would allow builders an additional 10 feet of building space to accommodate larger new construction homes.
A public hearing on the resolution is set for 5:15 on June 14 in the city hall courtroom.