Waco PD replacing defective radars in patrol units

POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 1:10pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 9:39pm

Waco Police Department is in the process of replacing their patrol radars, after it was discovered that some weren’t functioning properly.

According to officer Steve Anderson, the department leases out radars from a company called Stalker.

“We do it every three years, we get new ones,” said Anderson.

In January 2013, the new shipment of radars started coming in to the department, and installations into the patrol units began on January 9. Before starting their shifts, officers do internal and external checks of the equipment. That’s when officers discovered the malfunction.

Anderson says the radars wouldn’t calibrate in moving mode, leading to false readings of cars’ speeds. The malfunctioning radars would fluctuate several speeds in so many seconds, leading officers to write the radars up for the technical problems.

“As soon as the problem was detected, officers were instructed not to issue any tickets while in the moving mode,” said Anderson. Even if an officer did not detect any problems with their radar while moving, he or she was still instructed not to issue any tickets.

When the company who leases the radars was contacted, Anderson says they confirmed that there were quite a few radars being written up. Anderson says the company explained there was a problem with the resistor in the radars.

“Not all of the radars were giving bad readings, but to make sure, the company said send them all back,” said Anderson. He says the process is similar to a car recall; with several malfunctioning, it was best to look at all of them.

The radars are already in the process of being switched out from the defective radars for new ones.

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