Council approves radar units

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 25, 2008

LINDEN &045; With six radar units ranging in age from just a few years old to several years old, the Linden Police Department has been looking to upgrade their equipment. Some of those goals may come true, with the city council’s approval of $5,520 for three new units.

According to Police Chief Scott McClure, the three new units &045; at a cost of $1,830 each &045; will replace the three worst of the department’s six total radar units. He said the much-needed equipment will be used for traffic control purposes.

The units they currently have are operational, McClure said, but they do not have the latest capabilities. Also with the new equipment, McClure said he and his officers can trust the readings and give citizens an honest report of their speed.

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The units, which will include a front and rear antenna for each car they are installed in, will come from a company called Applied Concepts in Texas and will be capable of running a Ka band. This particular band is up from their current units, which run on a K band, McClure said.

After these units are operational, McClure said he hopes to replace one additional radar unit a year until all six of their units are up to date. With the council’s support, McClure said he has been fortunate to make some much-needed technology upgrades in recent months.