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Police earn ‘stalker radar’

March 2, 2012
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - Think that police car in front of you has no idea how fast you're going? Sorry, but that's no longer the case.

The "stalker radar" consists of two independent radars; one stationed at the front of the police squad care and one in the back.

"We can track vehicles in every direction," said Fairmont Police Lt. Del Ellis. "It used to be just those in front, and now we can also get those that are going the same direction."

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THE?LATEST?TECHNOLOGY?— The “stalker radar” is now standard equipment in all of the Fairmont Police Department squad cars.

The Fairmont Police Department has been adding these stalker radars to its street vehicles for some time. The latest addition comes thanks to Fairmont's participation in the "Safe and Sober" enforcement campaigns.

"All the agencies received an award for participating in the Safe and Sober programs," said Fairmont police officer Craig Fowler.

"It does take extra time and effort to participate in these campaigns," Ellis added. "The state realizes that without us, it doesn't work, so those departments that participate are rewarded for the participation because it is such an important effort."

The radar was awarded during the City Council meeting earlier this week. This newest radar will mean that each Fairmont patrol car will be equipped with stalker radar.

"This really helps because in these budget-cutting times, we're also seeing cuts," Ellis said.

"With our budgets as is, purchasing something like this would put us in a bind," Fowler added.

The estimated cost on the stalker radars is about $3,000 each.

And while some speeders may groan about more ways to get "caught," police are promoting the radars as a way to keep people safe.

"The goal is working toward zero deaths," Fowler said.



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