By SUSAN TEBBEN
Glasgow Daily Times
A small crowd of about 30, including the commonwealth’s attorney and two city council members, attended what Glasgow Police Department chief Guy Turcotte hopes is a yearly community meeting on the accomplishments of the GPD. A few had comments and concerns for the new chief as he showcased 2011 at the department.
Turcotte said he hoped the meetings would be forums to get more feedback from the public about the department.
Accomplishments he mentioned included the purchase of military surplus vehicles, community policing, bike and foot patrols and the consolidation of the 911 emergency communication center to include GPD dispatchers.
At the community meeting, he said the vehicles would be used in emergency weather situations and at local events, and were an asset to the city because they came “free” to the city.
The chief has been very vocal about the benefits of the military vehicles, for which GPD officers and another employee of the GPD had to drive to Pennsylvania and Georgia twice to pick up and tow the vehicles and equipment, according to gas receipts and timesheets reported to the city and obtained by the Daily Times through open records requests.
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