By BRAD KELLAR
The City of Greenville is spending $59,000 to purchase replacement laptop computers for patrol officers in the Greenville Police Department.
The City Council Tuesday approved a lease purchase agreement for 37 Dell Latitude Notebook computers, to replace 20 similar computers purchased in June 2007 and May 2008, according to a memo from Finance Director Cliff Copeland.
“The Police Patrol’s notebooks have exceeded their service life and are no longer covered under warranty,” Copeland said. “In order to keep the Patrol division’s equipment standard and under warranty a single lease purchase of all the equipment at one time is being considered. This lease purchase would be structured for four years with a four year Dell warranty plan.”
Copeland said using a lease purchase method would minimize the initial financial impact of the purchase and allow the city to implement a four year replacement program for the Patrol division.
“At the end of the lease purchase the City will own the notebooks,” Copeland said. “There are specific laws and regulations on how a computer used in public safety may be disposed of and how the hard drives are to be cleaned or destroyed. Once these conditions are met, the City would auction or dispose of them.”
The Council approved the $59,199.63 purchase by unanimous vote as part of the consent calendar on Tuesday’s regular meeting agenda.