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Oxford Police Chief Wants to Upgrade Department

Posted October 5, 2007 1:25 a.m. EDT

— Oxford Police Chief John Wolford has proposed a five-year, $2.7-million master plan to upgrade the police department.

The plan would concentrate on increase staffing and improving emergency communications, Wolford said.

Big ticket items include: $1.64 million for extra personnel, $670,000 for new equipment, $296,000 for operations and $82,000 for improvements to the city police station. The funds would go toward hiring an emergency communications supervisor; a community resource officer to free up other personnel; and four more police officers, including one focusing on illegal drug activities.

The city has already received a grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Program for a traffic-safety officer position, Wolford said. The department is also studying forming a school-resource officer position for Mary Potter Intermediate and Northern Granville Middle School.

The Oxford Board of Commissioners must approve the plan and its budget.