The Marion Police Department is adding three new state-of-the-art speed detectors to their fleet, thanks to a grant administered through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA).
Shortly after Marion Police Officer Drew Tittle took over MPD’s “Operation Pull Over” program in May of 2018, he completed a questionnaire about speed-detecting units and submitted it to the ICJI and NHTSA. In return, Officer Tittle received three new detectors valued in total at approximately $8,400.00. Two are dash-mounted radar units and one is a hand-held LASER unit.
Officer Tittle explained that officers spend a majority of their shift in a police car responding to calls for service and monitoring vehicle traffic. “These units will assist us in making sure the streets in Marion are as safe as we can make them by helping us enforce speed limits set by state and local government,” said Tittle.
He added, “The units are given to officers who work a lot of “OPO” and produce a lot of results. Additionally, the units are vehicle specific, so they are usually given to officers with newer vehicles so that the life of the units are optimized.”