In an effort to better serve the businesses of Eldon, the Eldon Police Department has begun making sure businesses are locked and are secure during night time hours.


In an effort to better serve the businesses of Eldon, the Eldon Police Department has begun making sure businesses are locked and are secure during night time hours.

Police officers are checking the doors and windows of businesses in an effort to prevent break ins and burglaries.

Eldon Police Chief Rodney Fair said it’s all part of a bigger plan that will make the city safer.

“The police department is always looking for ways to improve service to the community,” he said.  “This year, the burglaries were down, so I tried to think of ways that would help keep them down and thought that business checks would be a great way to do so. I guess you could say that we started Jan. 1 with this project.”

Fair went on to say that until his department receives the “business check” forms they have ordered, he is having his officers use a generic business card that officers use. 

“We will not be (checking) every business every night but will be placing cards randomly throughout the city each night,” Fair said. “So far, there have not been any problems.”

Fair also added that his department has applied for grants that will help his officers be better equipped to protect the citizens if Eldon.

“The two grants we applied for are for storm sirens and AEDs for the officers and the fire department,” he said. “AEDs are Automatic External Defibrillators. It is a device that automatically diagnoses potential life threatening heart problems in a patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation. Fair said that AEDs are designed to be used by laymen, and you don’t have to be a medical professional to use them.

 
“Many times police officers are the first one on the scene of medical calls, and if the individual is unconscious, the officer can set up the AED before other help arrives which saves time,” he said. “The officers will have to be trained with the machine which consists of an eight hour course along with their CPR training.”

Earlier in the month, Fair announced the his department had received two digital in-car video cameras. The cameras were purchased through a government stimulus grant, and the cost of both cameras was $9,990. 

The cameras have been installed and are fully operational. 

Fair said he has submitted another grant for one additional camera and a light bar. 

Fair said that the addition of the in-car cameras will help his department work more effectively.

“If we can use the equipment and there is a grant then I will apply for that grant. We are always looking for grants,” he said.

Fair feels the department has an important role in the community, and he tries to make sure his department keeps the commitments it has made to the community, which is to keep residents safe and preserve the small town charm that makes Eldon a great place.

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