UNK Today | August 2014 - page 55

New Rides
UNK police and parking services replaces outdated vehicles
UNK
Today
:
Campus & Community
By KIM SCHMIDT
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — For the first
time in her career, Michelle
Hamaker has new wheels in her
department.
In mid-July, Hamaker, the
director of
police and
parking ser-
vices at UNK,
replaced three
outdated
vehicles with
two 2015 Ford
Police Inter-
ceptor cruisers
and a 2014
Ford F150
pickup. The
pickup will be used for parking
services, while the other vehi-
cles will be used for patrolling
the campus.
The three new vehicles
replace a 1993 GMC pickup
and a 2002 and a 2005 Crown
Victoria, all hand-me-downs
from other law enforcement
agencies.
“All three vehicles were
just getting to the point that
they needed retired,” Hamak-
er said. She has been with
the department since 1997.
“They were breaking down
a little more
than what we
wanted.”
All three
cost $88,000,
which
includes some
new equip-
ment and
new exterior
decals/graph-
ics and their
installation.
The department was able to
transfer much of its equip-
ment from the retired vehicles
to the new cruisers, includ-
ing radar, lights and sirens,
control panels and in-car
cameras.
The new vehicles are being
updated to include new soft-
ware and Mobile Data Termi-
nals, which will allow offi-
cers to access UNK parking
records, student information
and to view campus security
cameras from inside their
cruisers and to access other
information.
“That’s going to be a huge
asset. We’re definitely excited
about having access to addi-
tional information available
to the officers,” Hamaker
said.
The SUVs also have a quar-
ter cage in the back seat for
transporting prisoners.
Police and Parking Services
employs eight full-time officers
and one part-time officer, in
addition to Hamaker. All are
certified by the Nebraska Law
Enforcement Training Center in
Grand Island.
Police and Parking Services
is located at 2507 19th Ave.
email to:
“That’s going to
be
a huge asset. We’re
definitely excited about
having access to addition-
al information available to
the officers.”
Michelle Hamaker
Kim Schmidt, Kearney Hub
THE SUVs
are equipped with a quarter cage in the
right back seat position of their cruisers. The seats
are made of a hard plastic and enclosed in Plexi-
glas and steel bars.
UNK
POLICE
and
Parking
Ser-
vices
have
two new
sport
utility
vehicles
and a
new
pickup
pa-
trolling
the
campus
this
year.
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