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Police Department requests motorcycle, another K-9
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Axel at work

McMinnville Police Department has requested a motorcycle be added to its fleet of law enforcement vehicles, in addition to a second K-9 unit, and a pay increase for its nightshift officers.

The city Safety Committee met Friday to review the proposed Police Department budget for upcoming fiscal year 2021-22.

“We have been talking about the possibility of, as a way to attract or retain nightshift officers, offering a shift differential to nightshift officers,” said city administrator Nolan Ming. “We talked about 50 cents which would add approximately $40,000 into the budget.”

No difference in salary currently exists between day and night shift. The 50-cent increase would amount to $1,040 per year.

“Other departments offer extra compensation for officers who work nights,” said Police Chief Nichole Mosley. “It attracts them because they will get that additional benefit."

Alderman Everett Brock asked, “Is 50 cents enough to make anybody happy? It wouldn’t be for me. Maybe $1.”

“It’s going to have to make a difference,” said Mosley. “Maybe it needs to go up a little. If you want to make it $1, I’m OK with that.”

The 50-cent increase was kept, however, that amount could change.

Also requested were two new vehicles and a motorcycle at a cost of $99,000 – approximately $37,000 per vehicle and $25,000 for the motorcycle. The motorcycle would be used to assist in community policing, as well as during events such as Back to the Strip.

Purchase of a second K-9 unit would come from the Drug Fund, which is monies obtained from drug-related offenses. Estimated cost is $26,000 for a dog and a vehicle.

Axel, a German Shepherd Malamute, was purchased in 2020 for $8,500. Its handler is detective Eddie Colwell.

Safety Committee members accepted the department’s proposed budget during this initial stage. The budget is $3.9 million, an increase of $181,439 from the previous year.