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Lake Park Police upgrade equipment, save residents money

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One of the two new Lake Park Police Cars One of the two new Lake Park Police Cars
Some of the new cubicles in the Lake Park Police Department Some of the new cubicles in the Lake Park Police Department
A lighter, peach colored paint now coats the walls inside the police department. A lighter, peach colored paint now coats the walls inside the police department.
James Breletic James Breletic
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LAKE PARK, GA (WALB) -

For the past seven months, Lake Park Police Chief James Breletic has been spear heading the effort to renovate the city's police department.

"When I first came here in July of 2013, I did an assessment of the department," said Breletic. "I came up with, roughly, 14 to 16 ideas. Talking to the city council, I started implementing some of these very gradually."

The ideas included a brighter paint color, new carpeting, cubicles for the officers and soon, each officer will have their own computer which will be linked to a central database, allowing the computers to share information back and forth.

"We've got a new server. Our computers are now gonna be inter-linked. We're gonna have a new server, which will keep us for at least 8 to 10 years. We've got back ups, all of our stuff will be backed up; we won't be able to lose anything," Breletic explained.

Officers also now have new, less cumbersome vests to wear.

Breletic says the combination of the new vests and the updated office space will help boost morale and ultimately lead to more productive patrols.

Breletic also traded the department's old, gas guzzling SUV for two brand new fuel efficient sedans.

"We had a sports utility SUV car that was getting, like, eight miles to the gallon, which is not really good for law enforcement," Breletic pointed out. "Especially when the citizens are paying [for the gas]. We just couldn't afford that."

Breletic is working to make sure his department is ready for the 21-st century, and he's also working to make sure it costs taxpayers as little as possible.

The money for the upgrades came from SPLOST and the majority of the supplies and the labor was donated.

Next on Breletic's to-do list is installing more energy efficient light bulbs in the police department.

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