Police here to get cameras, radar gear

Friday, February 29, 2008
Lewisburg Police Officer John Christmas observes a passenger in the backseat of a city police patrol car by looking at a video monitor displaying what the in-car camera sees. More of such equipment is to be purchased by the city.

A public safety equipment supply company in Kansas has the apparent best bid for Lewisburg's planned purchase of radar devices, in-car cameras and recording equipment for police officers' use here.

Lewisburg City Manager Eddie Fuller on Monday said that Interim Police Chief David Ray was to obtain a purchase order this week for the equipment. During the bid opening, Fuller noticed that the prices were competitive.

Kustom Signals Inc. of Lexexa, Kan., is the apparent best bidder, according to Ray's tabulation. Kustom offered to sell the equipment for approximately $2,000 less than the next best bidder, which was Galls of Lexington, Ky.

"We went with the low bid," Ray said Monday, listing Kustom's price at $19,720 for: Three in-car camera systems priced at a total of $12,126; Six in-car radar detectors for $6,774, total, and; One hand-held radar gun for $820 "But I'll make sure all the specifications are right," Ray said.

The third, and apparently the highest bid opened Friday morning in City Hall is from ACI Applied Concepts Inc. The Plano, Tex., company only bid on radar equipment.

See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.