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Carthage PD Expected to Get Sam’s Club Grant
October 8, 2008 - The Carthage Police Department was expected to receive a $1,000 grant on Tuesday. At the Oct. 1 Carthage Town Council meeting, Town Marshal Dan Murphy reported that his department would be receiving the grant from Sam’s Club for use purchasing police-related items. He said he expected to get the check on Oct. 7.
Murphy told the council he wanted permission to purchase a couple more uniforms and said he may be able to use some of the grant money for that. Council President Rick Bush reminded Murphy that the council must OK any purchases, even those made with the grant.
In another police-related matter, Carthage resident Cheryl Sullivan complained at last week’s council meeting about one of the town’s reserve officers, Brad Rogers, recently driving a town police car to his job at Rush-Shelby Energy. Council member Doris Wyatt said she had seen a photograph Sullivan had of the car at Rogers’ place of employment and thought the matter need to be looked into.
Bush said he and Murphy had gone and picked up the patrol car from Rogers’ home in Mays earlier that day. He said he and council member Bill Armstrong had spoken about the matter and agreed the car needs to be kept in town, a point on which Wyatt said she agreed.
Council member Jack Taylor asked whether the town has a policy regarding use of patrol cars. Bush said the cars are only to be used for police business, and Murphy said Rogers is aware of this policy.
Murphy said Rogers did not tell him he was driving the car to his place of employment. He said Rogers had told him he was going to get an oil change on the car, but he didn’t know when, or if, he did this.
Bush said he did not believe this was an isolated incident. He said he wanted Murphy to look into this matter and prepare a written report detailing his findings, which would be available for the public to inspect.
“We want to reign in any kind of rogue activity that makes Carthage look bad,” Bush said.
Taylor and Murphy also both said they had heard complaints about Murphy driving too fast through town. Taylor reminded Murphy, who denied speeding, that he is representing the town and asked him to exercise caution when driving.
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