by Robin Kemp

The Forest Park Police Department is looking to replace “defective” computers and docking stations in 60 of its patrol vehicles and is asking the City Council to approve a $275,000 budget amendment for replacements.

The money would come out of the city’s current salary budget line under Personal Services and Employee Benefits and go into the computer hardware and software line under Capital Outlays.

According to the May 4 agenda, the department “recently discovered” the issue, which it says is “causing potential serious and/or deadly consequences.”

In addition, “Some of the affected vehicles have been parked and will not be used until the problem has been resolved.”

The Clayton Crescent has asked FPPD to elaborate on the problems with the computers and docking stations, as well as whether the defect would be covered by the manufacturer, but has not yet received a response.

Other items on the agenda include a report from City Manager/Police Chief Nathaniel Clark, a COVID-19 update, and an “open discussion.”

The police computer item will follow. After an executive session for personnel, litigation, real estate, and legal matters, the city council will respond to previously-submitted public comments, then councilmembers will make closing comments.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be held on Zoom at

using the password Covid2020.

You also can dial in by phone at (253) 215-8782 with meeting ID 871 3895 6073 and password 510473. Please remember to mute your audio so that it does not prevent others from hearing the meeting.

See other items on tonight’s City Council agenda and submit comments by noon at using event code 35557.

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