• Longtime Priceville police chief to retire

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Evan Belanger
    PRICEVILLE — Longtime Priceville Police Chief Billy Peebles will retire next week after more than 31 years on the force and more than 41 years in law enforcement.
    Peebles, 63, will step down from the town’s top law enforcement job effective Wednesday.
    “There comes a time in a person’s life when it’s [...]


  • Priceville seeking OK to borrow $9 million

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Deangelo McDaniel
    PRICEVILLE — The town of Priceville is seeking authorization from a Morgan County circuit judge to borrow $9 million to construct a 66,000-square-foot recreation center near North Bethel Road and East Upper River Road.
    A hearing on the matter will be held June 9 at 10 a.m. in the Morgan County [...]


  • MAPCO planned for Priceville, Bojangles’ possible

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Evan Belanger
    PRICEVILLE — In addition to significant residential growth, commercial development is on the rise in this once-sleepy town that has nearly doubled its population in 14 years.
    A new MAPCO Mart convenience store is in the works for the southeast corner of Mountain Valley Road and Point Mallard Parkway, said [...]

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After purchasing police vests, Priceville mulling cost of body cameras

From The Decatur Daily
by Ashley Remkus

PRICEVILLE – New bulletproof vests for two officers are the most recent purchases among more than $11,000 worth of equipment the Priceville Town Council is buying for the Police Department.

The council on Monday approved spending $945 to cover about half the cost of the two vests, which also are being partially funded by a federal grant.

The expenditure comes as the Police Department is researching the cost of new body cameras to equip its reserve officers. About two months ago, the town spent $10,145 on seven plate-armor vests, along with a drone and its camera equipment.

Priceville officers are required to wear bulletproof vests anytime they are in uniform or on duty, while the plate-armor vests are for use during high-threat situations, said Police Chief Billy Peebles.

“The plate-armor vests are for your biggest emergency calls and the type of situations where the threat level is higher than usual,” Peebles said. “They’re too thick for you to wear every day like the regular vests, and they weigh a ton.”

Cpl. Herman Davis told the council the department received $987 in federal grant money to help pay for the two replacement vests, which are for Assistant Chief Ron DeWeese and Cpl. Jason Wilbanks.

At the urging of Mayor Melvin Duran, the Police Department is researching the cost of purchasing body cameras for its reserve officers.

“I think if they’re out there, they ought to be wearing the cameras just like the other officers,” Duran said. “We need to be able to see what’s happening when they’re out there working — for their safety and the public’s.”

Davis said the department had been looking at six cameras that are $900 each for the reserve officers. But, after finding a different camera model for $400, the department is considering asking the council also to replace the cameras worn by the five full-time officers, he said.

Because the cost would remain somewhere around the $4,000-$5,000 mark, it would be sensible to keep all of the officers wearing the same camera model, he said.

Peebles said he wants to make sure the officers are getting equipment that’s “the best fit for what we are doing.”

“Some cameras don’t do well in rain if you are out working a wreck for hours,” he said. “We always want to update and get better equipment that will help us be effective.”

Davis said the cameras will not automatically record, so the officers will have to turn them on when they respond to a call.

The video footage cannot be edited, he said.

“When the officers download it, the only option they have is to make a copy,” he said.

Duran said the council likely will approve the purchase of the cameras if it’s presented during its Oct. 3 meeting.