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2010 was busy a year for Franklin Twp. Police
The Franklin Township Police Department had a busy year in 2010.
“The officers drove a total of 110,380 miles last year,” Franklin Township Police Chief Jim Timko said at the Franklin Township trustees’ Jan. 20 meeting, adding those miles were mainly distributed between four vehicles.
Due to the high mileage of the four initial police vehicles, Timko purchased two additional cars in 2010, which he said have finally been mounted with computers so now six police cars are up and running. Timko added the department plans on trying to obtain a seventh vehicle.
“I want to remind the board that (around) Feb. 15, we should be hearing from the Ohio Department of Criminal Justice Services on the grant for $30,000, for possibly getting a police car,” Timko said.
Also, the township added approximately $15,000 in result of 787 traffic tickets being handed out in 2010. Timko said officers responded to 9,139 calls, many self-initiated by the officers, so only about 7,000 of those calls were dispatched through the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and 687 cases ended up in court.
“We impounded 246 cars, of which 208 were released, 25 were junked, and we still have 55 impounded and the letters have been mailed out and they’re in process of being disposed of,” Timko said, emphasizing a focus on enforcing parking restrictions.
Chairman Timothy Guyton asked for elaboration on why some impounded vehicles are disposed of.
“Well, we tow cars – we take them to the towing yard and impound them. Some people don’t want their cars back, so they abandon them there in the tow yard,” Timko said.
Timko said paperwork is then filed, the cars are inventoried, and then the towing yard can market the car by either scrapping them out or putting them to auction in attempts to recover their towing and storage fees.
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