ELLWOOD CITY – The council has agreed to purchase a Microsoft SQL server from E-Safe Technologies LLC for the police department for $7,255.
Ellwood City Manager David Allen said the borough updated its server a few years ago for its employees, but said the police department, due to privacy requirements and law, uses a different server, which he claims is outdated.
In fact, Allen says, over the past six to seven months, there have been a few “intrusions” on the server that the program hasn’t detected.
He said fortunately that nothing major resulted from these incidents. Allen added Sgt. Michael McBride, the officer in charge of the department, requested this new server.
Officer Joshua Sipe said the old server was from 2012. He said the server caused issues such as crashes, slow printing of items, and loss of information.
Sipe said if the department were to lose relevant police information, the department could be in legal trouble with the state.
“It needs to be updated for years,” he said.
Sipe said the new server will be based on the latest 2019 model.
K9 has been purchased
Mayor Anthony Court said a new police dog, an 11-month-old German Shepherd, was purchased and chosen by the department.
K9 Officer Richard Kruger and the dog will now undergo a six-week training program in Sharpsville, Mercer County to have the dog ready for service in late April/early May.
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Focus on stopping illegal narcotics
The court said that under his tenure as mayor, the department had been “very proactive” against illegal narcotics in the borough, as it said 90 to 95 percent of illegal activity in a community involves illegal narcotics.
However, he said, over the past two years they have not been as proactive as they should be, which he says has led to recent overdoses and deaths in the borough.
Therefore, Court said, speaking to McBride, they will once again make stopping illegal narcotics activity a top priority.
“We come back to be proactive,” he said.
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Nicholas Vercilla is a reporter for the Ellwood City Ledger. He can be contacted at [email protected]