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Board approves donation

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Ken Wilkins
The City of Brazil is pitching to help revive a marshal program.

The Center Point Town Marshal program is being reinstated two years after it was dissolved and Brazil's Board of Public Works and Safety entered into an agreement to donate items during Tuesday morning's meeting.

"When it was shut down they got rid of the car and all the equipment," Ken Wilkins said. "Now they are wishing they had not shut it down."

Wilkins, who is a Reserve Officer with the Brazil City Police Department, was named Town Marshal during the Center Point Town Council meeting earlier this month and will be sworn in at the September meeting.

However, funding is making the start up of the program a difficult one.

"There is only $2,800 in the budget for the program," Wilkins said. "That is supposed to cover operating costs and pay."

To help out, the board entered into an agreement, per Indiana Code 36-1-11-8, to donate the vehicle currently used by the Planning Department and extra equipment that will be taken off one of the BCPD cruisers. The cruiser will become the new vehicle for the Planning Department.

The board also discussed what to do with the K-9 squad car and unit.

Brazil City Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill was injured during a high-speed pursuit in December and has is still recovering.

"At this point he should be able to come back in about 6-8 weeks," Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison said.

The board's concern came from having K-9 Officer Anya off of work for such an extended period of time.

"We can't afford to lose the service of the dog," Mayor Ann Bradshaw said. "We sent Anya to be evaluated a few weeks ago and it came back good, but she needs some work."

The possibility of "light duty" for Hill was discussed, but was not clearly defined and no decision was made during the meeting.

Since it is ultimately a personnel issue, the board decided to schedule an executive session to discuss the matter further.


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Good Luck Ken, I wish you the best!!!!!

-- Posted by SURVIVINGMOM on Wed, Aug 27, 2008, at 4:23 AM

Why would you take a dog from Officer Hill! That sounds stupid. I highly doubt "she needs some work" I bet there will be a executive session.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Wed, Aug 27, 2008, at 5:59 AM

-- Posted by keeping it real on Thu, Aug 28, 2008, at 10:18 AM

Just how well will Hill be able to do his job now? I don't think they should bring him back

-- Posted by keeping it real on Thu, Aug 28, 2008, at 10:19 AM

Keeping it real ~ What exactly is your thought process for not bringing Officer Hill back to the BPD ~ he is a respected, knowledgeable, well trained Officer ~ would you want that for yourself if you were involved in an accident & off work several months ~

And Anya ~ these dogs are highly trained ~ Anya will be back to her previous state in no time with some one on one training ~ these types of dogs don't forget what they are trained to do ~ losing Anya would be a great loss to our City ~

Best of Luck to you, Officer Hill & Anya ~ look forward to seeing you on the streets of Brazil again soon !!

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 7:45 AM

Karebabe,

For your information I do know a great deal about it since I work in law enforcement and have worked in law enforcement for 16 years. From the local to the federal level.

Nothing against Officer Hill, but it is a fact he is now a liability and will have great difficulty returning to the position he once held. I have worked with many great men and woman who have fallen just as he has and it's a shame. I speak from experience. Do you??

-- Posted by keeping it real on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 2:02 PM

Keeping it real ~ if you work in law enforcement then maybe you should stick by Officer Hill instead of voicing to stick it to him ~ he deserves the opportunity to prove that he can still do his job ~ your first comment did not substantiate why you didn't want Officer Hill to return ~ why even make comments like your first one? If Chief Harrison states that Officer Hill will be able to return ~ who are you to say that he shouldn't ~ I'm happy that he can return ~ give him a shot at proving himself ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 2:36 PM

Karebare,

I understand your view and it is unfortunate that you are not seeing what is in the best interest of the city. Anya needs to be handed over to another officer and Officer Hill given his leave. It's that simple. I commend this Officer for his service, and wish him and his children well. How would you feel if you or your family were in need and Officer Hill was responding. Someone just broke into your home and the suspect had just assaulted you or one of your family and took off on foot. With Officer Hill having a damaged hip socket and the broken leg, do you really think that he would be capable of chasing this suspect and apprehending him? Bring him to justice for just hurting you or your family? You need to think about more than just "standing behind " this one Officer and look at the whole picture. I take great pride in what I do and in all the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our homes, community and country. Reality is still reality. Period...If he is able to go the academy and take the physical agility test and pass, great.

-- Posted by keeping it real on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 6:52 PM

Ok, so keep it real ~

My point still is that Chief Harrison states in the article that Officer Hill will be able to return ~ & obviously Officer Hill would not do this against his medical advice ~ so either there is something that the public has not been told about Officer Hill's physical condition ~ or you are the one with the reservations ~ & to your comment about experience ~ no, not first hand, but several close family members are law enforcement officers ~ I think it is fair to say that I do fully understand the reservations of relying on an Officer that is not at top physical condition ~ & yes, I do fully understand the "whole" big picture ~ I never want any of the BPD/CCSD/ISP in harm's way ~ obviously what is being told to the public, in your opinion, is not the total truth about Officer Hill's medical condition ~ if the Chief says that Officer Hill will be returning why would anyone not think that he is still able to perform his duties ~ maybe you should enlighten me ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 8:48 PM

Karebabe,

I guess you weren't really understanding what I wrote. Yes, I have a problem with this Officer returning to FULL duty if he can not p-e-r-f-o-r-m his duties. If he CAN NOT pass the physical agility test given at the academy, he should not be cleared to return. The city has a responsibility to try and keep our K-9. Anya needs to be given to another officer and get her back on the job. IS that clear enough for you???

-- Posted by keeping it real on Sat, Aug 30, 2008, at 2:52 PM

karebabe,

I do believe you need to actually re-read the statement....

"At this point he should be able to come back in about 6-8 weeks," Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison said.

Key word here is "SHOULD"

-- Posted by keeping it real on Sat, Aug 30, 2008, at 2:54 PM

Keeping it real ~

Keyword may be "should" but the statement still implies that Officer Hill will be able to return ~ & obviously, you did not understand that I agree that Officer Hill should be able to P-E-R-F-O-R-M his duties, as well ~ I never stated different ~ I have been referring to your original statement ~ maybe clarity on your first statement would've been appropriate ~ time to put on your big boy pants & realize that everyone in the world won't always agree with you ~ my opinion is simply that Officer Hill deserves a chance ~ & I think by what you are saying you agree with that also ~ IS that clear enough for you ??

-- Posted by karebabe on Sun, Aug 31, 2008, at 1:10 PM

karebabe,

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend...

-- Posted by keeping it real on Sun, Aug 31, 2008, at 4:19 PM

Keeping it Real ~

You do the same ~ nice chatting with you ~ maybe we'll meet again on another article ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Sun, Aug 31, 2008, at 9:43 PM


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