WPD Keep the Backup police car
Westfield Boro residents, parents of children in WAES and CVHS need to call or write the elected Boro council @ 429 East main Street Westfield PA. 814-367-2632 and explain that the Boro needs to keep the second police vehicle, this is a matter of public and officer safety, when our primary car is out of service for mechanical issues or out of town with an officer for court, investigation or training the second car is needed. This second vehicle can be used by another officer to handle emergency's. Over the past 8 months this second vehicle has been used countless times from assists to the on duty officer, parades, traffic enforcement and handling multiple calls at once. Most importantly is that the department uses our vehicles as a mobile prison cell, this keeps the public, offender and officer safe. In the past when the primary police car is broken down for days to weeks officers are forced to use personal owned vehicles for Police Department use. On dangerous calls officer are required to await response from state police or local departments with a caged car. My safety along with other officers with the Westfield Boro Police are jeopardized when required to work without a caged car. Also the amount of emergency equipment we carry in the car when on duty is needed at a moment's notice and is impossible to carry in our personal vehicles. Tonight the Westfield council voted to put the second car up for bid (for sale) without fully understanding the need or facts supporting why the second car is needed. The cost to keep is minimal both cars are fully paid for. Again this is not a convenience item it is a safety item, your safety my safety and the students safety. Please find time to make you word heard!!! Remember they are elected by us the people. Share this as much as possible I'm not letting this happen without making noise.
Small list of items we have in the trunk of our primary car, 1 full BLS medic kit with O2, AED, airway bag with suction, BVM, and narcan. Vehicle unlock kits 2 different ones, an active shooter bag, toolbox with tools, jumper cables, evidence bags, fire extinguisher along with other items, inside the vehicle we have computer and most importantly a cage, also in our area portable radios vary rarely work, officers depend on the mobile radio and repeater to communicate with dispatch, none of us have a mobile radio in our personal cars. The police vehicles are our mobile office as well.
By signing this petition I support the Westfield Borough Police Department in the plea to the Westfield Borough Council to keep the back up police car.