David Scott, Chief of Police
59 Main St.
Pepperell, MA 01463
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Pepperell Police Receive MIIA Grant for New Holding Cell Monitoring System
PEPPERELL — Chief David Scott is pleased to report that the Pepperell Police Department secured a $5,000 grant from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) for a new Guard 1 Plus Professional Suicide Prevention and Cell Monitoring System.
The computer-based holding cell monitoring system will replace the department’s obsolete, inked ribbon and paper roll system that was installed in the 1980s. It will also allow for more accurate and detailed data recordings and an easier review process for cell monitoring reports.
“This is something we looked at several years ago, but just didn’t have the funding to make happen. MIIA has allowed us to bring this to fruition,” Chief Scott said. “We are excited and grateful to be moving forward with this upgrade to our station.”
Over the last five years, MIIA has awarded approximately $30,000 in grant funding to Pepperell Police. This enabled Chief Scott to complete multiple projects, including installing a video and audio surveillance system for the booking area and interview rooms, purchasing portable detour signs and cones carried in patrol cars, and implementing a facility maintenance needs assessment after the public safety complex underwent mold remediation.
The system will be installed by the L.W. Bills Company of Georgetown.
“We are responsible for the well being of the individuals we have in custody,” Chief Scott said. “This system will help us keep them safe while they are being held at our facility.”