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SRO officers receiving alcohol detection devices
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Manteca Police school resource officers assigned to Sierra, East Union, Manteca, and Calla high school campuses will soon be equipped with preliminary alcohol screening devices.

The $600 purchase is being funded with $96,932.40 in Supplemental Law Enforcement Funds distributed by the state as Manteca’s share of a relatively small dedication of a statewide sales tax increase a few years back to law enforcement.

The money was left over from the 2009-10 fiscal year grants Manteca used to replace aging patrol cars plus the equipment needed to put them in service. It also covered the replacement of in-vehicle computer systems in all patrol units.

The City Council Tuesday is being asked to authorize purchasing the alcohol detection devices plus other equipment. The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Other equipment includes $10,000 for a digital recording system for the department interview rooms, $23,000 for a deployable video evidence collection processing kit for in-field use plus operator training, $20,000 to replace and upgrade video security monitoring storage systems for dispatch and the police facility security cameras, $30,000 for five Panasonic Toughbook in-car computer systems including installation costs, $3,000 to replace and upgrade evidence cameras, $8,000 for replacement costs of two motorcycles and non-transferrable equipment, $700 for window tinting for four patrol cars, and $632.40 for various crime prevention materials.