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Halifax police department to get new car

SoVaNow.com / October 11, 2012
Halifax Town Council cancelled its monthly meeting Tuesday night for the lack of a quorum as three members — Terrie Lantor, Bill Confroy and Phil Hammond — were absent. But Council committees held an hour-long work session during which several issues were discussed.

Town Manager Carl Espy advised those present — Tom Brown, Holt Evans and Jack Dunavant, along with Mayor Dick Moore — that Halifax will receive a new police car during a ceremony in Richmond on Oct. 26.

The car, funded by the Department of Criminal Justice Services with Byrne Justice Assistance (JAG) funds, will be road-ready and detailed as a marked patrol vehicle.

In the application that Halifax submitted for the grant, assistant town manager Denise Barksdale and acting police Chief David Irby explained the funds were needed to acquire a new patrol car. The purchase or lease of a replacement vehicle has been problematic over the past years, because limited funds have required the police department to buy high mileage, used vehicles which usually hold a short in-service life before needing to be replaced.

Barksdale commented that not only will the new vehicle contribute to the safety of town officers, but it will reduce the mileage, wear and tear and overall maintenance costs for the town. It should also improve the morale of the officers, she said.

Barksdale added that she had been contacted in July by Lt. Dennis Barker of the South Boston Police Department about the opportunity to submit the grant and was very grateful for his help.

Committee members also were advised Halifax has 13 candidates for the position of Chief of Police. A panel with the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (the agency helping the Town with its job search) will begin interviewing the top five candidates on Oct. 22 and make a recommendation to Council following the interviews. At that point, Council is expected to begin to make some decision on filling the position.

Espy also advised those present that his office has been receiving some responses to the recently advertised notifications of derelict properties and nuisance conditions, with several property owners working to correct the cited problems.

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I am glad that I don't live in halifax. Halifax town council should be ashamed of the way it is treating Irby. He should get the job! They will probably hire some jerk weed from out of town or worse from up north! Sometimes I just don't understand our local politicians.


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