Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 26, 2014

Tansi Security Police attains new equipment and new officer

CROSSVILLE — The Lake Tansi Security Police has acquired a trainee, new vehicle from the 1033 Program and body armor due to the generosity of the Volunteer Energy Cooperative, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas and the Lake Tansi Exchange Club.

Officer Steve Hritz was making the rounds doing house checks in the new vehicle, a Humvee, since one of their squad cars was out of commission. Hritz explained that the 1033 Program website allows for agencies to gather all types of equipment from ATVs and road signs to work lights and firetrucks free of charge besides regular maintenance.

“This is made for our winter use. Where regular patrol cars cannot withstand high waters and road debris, this is ideal for what we need,” said Hritz.

The Lake Tansi Security Police pays for yearly access, an administration fee based on the number of officers in the agency, to the 1033 Program website. Section 1033 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 1997 permits the Department of Defense to handover excess military gear to state and local law enforcement agencies. Eligible agencies include law enforcement government agencies who implement federal, state and local laws, and whose officers have powers of arrest and apprehension.

“The 1033 Program benefits the Tansi area and the community and has helped other communities and agencies I’ve been involved with. It’s a really good program and we are grateful,” Hritz said.

The site then allows for the military to allocate used surplus equipment to other security agencies. When an agency is finished using the items, it can put them back on the website for other agencies to use. This particular Humvee had been allocated to Loudon County, but didn’t need it anymore.

“It’s beneficial and saves money for the community,” Hritz said. “Time and effort and regular maintenance are all it costs.”

Hritz was taking his supper break at the Quack Shack and allowed kids to look at it and climb in it for photos.

The Lake Tansi Police force is also so very appreciative for the Rotary Club and VEC for the funds for its bulletproof vests and body armor. “We are thankful for their support,” said Anthony Brown who pulled up with rookie officer Kyle Payne to update Hritz. All three officers were sporting their new bulletproof vests.

Kyle Payne has completed about half of his on-the-road-training hours, conducted by Brown, and then will be set for his arms training and mandatory inservice. Payne was in the Army reserves for four years before he worked at the Time Share office and the electric company.

“I look forward to serving the community,” said Payne.

The Lake Tansi Security Police is working with the Quack Shack to try to put together a fun event emphasizing water and boating safety. 


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