(Cushing) Wednesday morning, Cushing police Chief Terry Brannon took delivery of a new Intoxilyzer 8000 and printer from Stillwater police Chief Norman McNickle. The new Intoxilyzer will be replacing a much older Intoxilyzer 5000, which is quickly being phased out of service around the state.

Deputy Police Chief Tully Folden said, “This is a continuation of the grant we received to purchase the new X-26 Tasers with the built in camera system, latent fingerprint fuming chamber, and companion defumigator. This new Intoxilyzer closes our portion of the grant.”

During the previous fiscal year, MPO Adam Harp, the department’s Intoxilyzer supervisor began researching the purchase of a new Intoxilyzer 8000 and the associated chemicals to operate the system, which was projected to cost about $9,000.00. Based on Harp’s research, the department felt it was cost prohibitive to try and purchase this new technology when assessing all of our needs for this fiscal year, which included the need for new patrol units to replace some of our aging cars.

Chief Terry Brannon said, “When we analyzed our needs versus our wants, we really had to consider equipment we would not normally be able to purchase through the typical budget process, which is a give and take process each city department faces yearly.” Brannon continued, “It is my job to consider every funding source available to keep the most efficient and effective equipment possible in the hands of our staff so they can do the best job they can serving our stakeholders, and I think we have done that in this instance.”

Within the last few weeks, the department has committed officers to training at the Department of Public Safety in Oklahoma City to learn how to properly operate the latest Intoxilyzer technology. In all, the department will have at least six officers on staff that will be capable of operating the new Intoxilyzer. Three officers are already capable of operating the new Intoxilyzer.

According to Brannon, the grant was written by Stillwater Deputy Police Chief Dr. Ron Thrasher after discussing needs with Cushing and Payne County Sheriff R.B. Hauf. To date, the grant has saved Cushing stakeholders well over $15,000.

“I continue to be appreciative of the leadership being shown by Chief McNickle and Major Thrasher. The willingness to foster a cooperative partnership with us, and share in the funding just shows how law enforcement agencies in Payne County can work together to enhance our best practices as it relates to serving citizens throughout Payne County as a law enforcement whole,” Brannon said.