Donated ROPD light bars cause Dallas reprimand
By 02/13/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
RED OAK - The police department might play a tiny role in the City of Dallas budget saga.
Dallas, millions in the red while fighting over a budget shortfall, donated light bars to the ROPD, but the way in which officials went about giving them resulted in the reprimand of a City of Dallas employee.
'The light bars were about to go in the trash, and a guy at the Dallas [Police Department] didn't think it would be a big deal [to give them to the ROPD],' said recently hired Red Oak Police Chief Don Fullerton. 'We're just a small, small blurb in the City of Dallas' budget [prob-
lems]. Not like anything was underhanded or sneaky.
'We have nothing to hide,' he said. 'We went over there in the middle of the day with our uniforms on. It's not like we snuck over there in the middle of the night to [smuggle] light bars.'
Fullerton said departments donate old or used equipment to other agencies all the time, but the cities must go through the proper channels to do it.
Out of four light bars originally donated to Fullerton's department, two are currently being used on squad cars.
The other two are being shipped back.
'The Dallas PD said go ahead and use them,' Fullerton said, referring to the two already on police cars.
The story also grabbed the attention of Dallas TV station KDFW Fox 4.
'We're going to be a micro of a story,' Fullerton said. 'I basically told them there wasn't much to it. The guy didn't go through the protocol to donate the equipment. He got a slap on the hand and that was it.'