The Howe Police Department has been busy under new police chief Carl Hudman. In addition to its patrol and response duties, the department is adding additional officers to the force, named its Officer of the Year and applied for a technology assistance grant.
Significant Calls for Service:
On April 7, at approx 4 p.m., Howe police officer J. Grant took a burglary of a habitation report from a homeowner in the 800 block of N. Denny Street. Between April 4-7, someone forced entry into his unoccupied residence and removed several firearms, a coin collection and a gas-operated generator. According to Howe police, there are suspects in the case and the investigation is ongoing.
Department to Add Officers:
The department, according to Hudman, anticipates hiring a new Howe police officer within the next few weeks. Howe P.D. presently employs three full-time officers, one part-time officer and a reserve officer. The department had several applicants for the vacant position and narrowed the list down to two individuals who underwent an oral review board process. Hudman said he is also anticipating adding several new reserve police officers at the April 16 city council meeting.
Howe P.D. Names 2012 Officer of the Year:
Officer Mike Hill was recently named Police Officer of the Year for 2012 at the Sherman Elk Lodge Public Safety Employee Appreciation Dinner. He will be recognized for his achievement at the April 16 city council meeting in Howe.
"Although I have only worked with Officer Hill for a short period of time, he has proven to be very reliable and efficient. Undoubtedly, he is very deserving of this recognition," said Hudman, adding that Officer Hill will be promoted to the rank of Corporal after he receives his Officer of the Year award.
Howe P.D. Applies for Technology Assistance:
The department applied for technology assistance through Tarleton State University’s Rural Law Enforcement Initiative. The initiative provides selected agencies with in-car laptop computers, mounting hardware, antennas, installation and air cards at no cost. Hudman said his agency presently does not have in-car laptop computers.
"Having laptop computers in our patrol cars would be a significant benefit to our officers and citizens. It will give officers instant wireless access to criminal data base information, improving efficiency and officer safety," said Hudman.