The Exeter Township Police Department will be purchasing 10 new Tasers, thanks to funding provided by the Berks County District Attorney's office. During the Aug. 27 Board of Supervisors meeting, District Attorney John Adams presented Exeter Police Chief Christopher Neidert with a check for $8,201.
'As many of you know, we confiscate everything you can imagine from people who are involved in the distribution of drugs in this community and throughout Berks,' Adams said. 'Tonight we're sharing some of those proceeds with the Exeter Township Police Department.'
Neidert said the funding will allow the department to replace 10 Tasers – about one third of the department's inventory. The Tasers are more than five years old, the point when their efficiency can no longer be guaranteed.
'The money has relieved the burden on the township to come up with the funds,' he said. The others are still within the parameters. It's in the budget next year to replace another five, and I'm searching for other funds to replace additional units.'
Neidert said he had been searching for funds to replace this first group of Tasers, and asked the District Attorney's office if they might be willing to pay for the purchase.
'I sent the costs and information, and the DA said yes.'
In making the presentation, Adams said he understands that municipal budgets are a problem.
'It's our pleasure to help this police department out. They are good partners of ours in our fight against crime in Berks County, so I wanted to make sure I came down here and presented this check so that you all know how welcome the Exeter Township Police Department is to us because they work so closely with our crime fighting efforts,' Adams said. 'They're a member of our municipal drug task force and a member of a number of other task forces and they do a great job.'