After hearing some concerns about the visibility of police, Middlefield selectmen agreed Tuesday night to move forward with marking the town's new police cruiser.
The vehicle was purchased by the town last year to replace an older cruiser, but does not include the signage typically found on town police vehicles.
After recent input by some town residents, which included the recommendation that the vehicle include "9-1-1", First Selectman Jon Brayshaw said he spoke with State Police Sgt. Sal Calvo, who oversees the , about the need for signage on police vehicles.
Brayshaw said that while the previous vehicle and the town's second cruiser were marked, there are benefits to not marking the cars.
"There are a lot of reasons. They can be more clandestine without the signs and also, they can prevent a lot of things, they can drive through neighborhoods and they can actually observe things unbeknown to other people when you're driving through with an unmarked car," he explained, before eventually supporting the idea marking the new cruiser.
Selectman Ed Bailey viewed the issue as "a toss up" but agreed that the car should be marked.
"We have had our cars, at least as far as I know, [marked] for the last 10 or 15 years and we probably should continue given the size of our department," he said.
Brayshaw said an unmarked SUV is available for the department's use but does not include much of the equipment typical in a police vehicle. The Resident Trooper's cruiser is not marked.
Last year the town budgeted $2000 to pay for the signage, a figure that Brayshaw said also includes other equipment.
Following up on a previous meeting, Brayshaw said police planned to in some areas.
Editor's Note: Selectman Dave Burgess was absent from the meeting.