The Knox City Police Department was down another squad car last week as the 2009 Dodge Charger on the fleet experienced mechanical issues.
Chief Clint Norem told the Knox Board of Public Works that the car had been in repair status for a while and when Norem was off-duty, his patrol car was being used during evening rotation. The Charger was returned to the department on Thursday and is back in rotation.
The city police department is still down one squad car after it was taken out of commission in a car vs. deer accident earlier this year. Funding is being sought to purchase a new car. A new squad car hasn’t been purchased for the department since 2010.
Chief Norem also informed the board that the officers are now using the e-ticket system which allows an officer to print tickets from the squad car. The notice of an issued ticket is then automatically sent to the courts. Norem noted that the traffic stop takes less time with this method and the paperwork is more accurate and can be filed with the right administration without too much human error.
Several ordinance violation tickets have also been written as the officers and the city building commissioner attempt to monitor compliance.