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  1. WFPD Secures Multiple Grants

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    October 10, 2013 by wcobserver

    -By Steve Winkler- The West Fork Police Department is on a roll. The department is a recent recipient of grant money from Washington County District Court, the state legislature and the Arkansas revenue department. And, there’s more to come, according to the town’s Police Chief John Collins. A grant for just under $7,000 is being used to purchase security equipment for the court, taser guns, signage, and other security measures. West Fork District Judge Casey Jones and  Pauletta Weltch, District Court Clerk  were instrumental in locating the funds and submitting the proposal, said Collins. He added that since January his department has assigned two officers to court duty. A second grant from the Arkansas Legislature’s General Improvement Fund (GIF) for $5,000 will be used for increased technology for the department. The purchase of Axon Body Flex cameras will allow officers to transmit a visual image of what they see. Unlike dash mounted cameras the new models are attached to an officer’s glasses or with a head piece and record what the wearer is looking at. Other grants are in the pipe line. The department has applied for a Justice Administrative Grant (JAG) through the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. …

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  2. Collins Tapped for Chief

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    November 19, 2012 by wcobserver

    Council Approves Interim Police Chief WC Observer Staff Report West Fork has a new Chief of Police. Well, at least for now. Officer John Collins’ appointment by Mayor HIme as interim chief was approved at the November meeting  by the city council 6-2 (Rossetti and Shafer against). The vote came after some contentious verbal exchanges between the mayor and Mike Nelson who is the current chief until his retirement becomes effective at the end of this year. Nelson is also the alderman-elect for Ward 4.

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