LOCAL POLICE departments are always under the funding gun. We know of no Eastern Ohio police force with an excess of money. They perform their dangerous tasks on razor-thin budgets.
Police departments often receive an assist from civic organizations. The St. Clairsville Police Department was a recent beneficiary of such generosity.
American Legion Post 159 delivered a pair of gifts that makes the St. C. force better equipped to deal with the issue of impaired drivers. Legion officers presented Police Chief Jeff Henry with two hand-held breathalyzer units.
The machines are specifically Intoxilyzer SD-5 units developed by CMI Inc., which is a leading manufacturer of instruments that measure blood-alcohol content via a breath sample. Henry notes the significance of the donation, as it makes possible for all three St. C. cruisers to be equipped with such a useful piece of equipment.
The breathalyzers do not come cheaply. The two donated devices cost nearly a $1,000. That is truly a grand gesture by the Legion members.
The Legion's community-minded generosity is a two-fold boost to the St. Clairsville Police Department. First, it receives some much-needed and useful equipment, and secondly, it saves the force precious dollars.
St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 gains our praise for its selfless act. It is the latest in a long line of support the legion has delivered to the police and the community.