City believes its police vehicles are safe

By: 
Daniel Pepper

Plainwell’s Department of Public Safety has taken steps to make sure its officers aren’t being affected by problems with Ford Explorer police vehicles experienced by other departments.
Public safety director Bill Bomar told the city council Monday, Aug. 28, the problem with carbon monoxide leaks, reported in the national media, didn’t seem to happening in Plainwell.
“The officers (in other places) have felt sleepy or in a few cases, fallen asleep and gotten into crashes,” Bomar said.
So far, it appeared Plainwell’s Explorers didn’t have the problem with exhaust leaking into the vehicle.
“We put carbon monoxide detectors into the cars as a precaution,” Bomar said. “None of the officers have reported any problems and the detectors haven’t gone off.”
The vehicles would be inspected, once they could get an appointment, and any problems would be fixed without charge to the city, Bomar said.
In other business, he told the council the department had responded to 10 or 11 fire or related calls in August, which was significant because the average for the year was about 40.
Councilmember Todd Overhuel asked why the city got so many 911 misdials officers were responding to.
Bomar said he thought a lot of it was due to business phones being set up to dial 9 for an outside line.
“We’ve had to respond across the hall here a few times,” he said.

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