Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Andrews Police Department, property leases and red ribbon ceremonies were all in the spotlight at the May Andrews Town Council meeting.
Police Chief Kapers said it was the police department, the fire department and the rescue squad that worked together as a team and because of that, earlier this week, it was able to apprehend and lock up three people responsible for the breakins over the past 15 months.
“That night the officers did a great and awesome job,” he said. “They are the ones to be commended, I’m just the quarterback coach, helping things along.”
The police chief emphasized the Fire Department played a big part and helped them out a whole lot and “without their assistance we couldn’t get all the stuff out of there that we could.”
According to Kapers, the police department has three suspects in jail and one suspect still at large. “And I can promise you within the next week or so, the fourth suspect, Mr. Saul McGill will be behind bars. I’ll try to do it in the most peaceful way possible but he will be going to jail.”
As far as the stolen property, Kapers said some of the victims have been contacted and he is still contacting some. “They have suffered enough and we are going to stop the bleeding,” he said.
The police chief also said he would like to speak with DOT about possible speed limit changes on Main Street, at the Christian School crossing.
“Going through there right now the speed limit is 35 when crossing 527 coming into town,” Kapers said. “To me, it is too fast for our kids crossing the streets and too dangerous for the crossing guards and our students.”
“I’d like for us to talk to DOT and do a speed limit change and, if not, put up some safety devices that will cause them to slow down through school hours that will make it safer for all our kids,” he said.
Kapers also talked about officer productivity and told attendees “in the last 30 days that I’ve been here, these officers have produced more than 140 cases in court. They are doing their jobs. We are still kind of short-handed but with the officers that we have, they are motivated and doing their jobs.”
“Lieutenant Taylor is doing a good job of keeping them motivated and so when you see the officers, congratulate them because they are doing what they are supposed to do,” he said.
Kapers said 140 cases in the past 30 days is more than they had in the past year. “So tell them ‘thank you.’ Now we are going into what we call a proactive stage. I don’t like to be reactive, I like to be proactive.”
“We’ll be doing some things and changing some things and I ask that you support us with words of encouragement and words of prayer,” he said. “And watch the great things that are going to come.”