Web site has real-time Crime Blog, plus you can pick favorite police patch.
The Solvay Police Department has a new interactive Web site that it will use to fight crime – and pick a new patch for the police uniform.
The Web site – http:// solvaypd.com – features an anonymous crime tip form that residents can use to send tips to the Criminal Investigation Unit. Officers will be able to manage their own Web site pages and post information immediately to a real-time crime blog.
Visitors who want to vote for the uniform patch should click on “Take Our Patch Poll” on the home page. The three finalists were designed by students from Steve Devendorf’s technology classes at Solvay High School.
Last fall, police asked the students to design a new patch. The three finalists are more detailed than the current patch, which is black and lined in yellow, with “Solvay Police” and the New York state Excelsior symbol.
The new Web site and patch project are the department’s latest steps in using new technologies to upgrade its service. The department has also started using surveillance cameras and license plate-reading cameras.
In other village news
Village officials on May 27 unveiled a new hybrid bucket truck, which will be used by the electric department to work on overhead lines.
The $203,000 truck, made by Navistar International Corp., has both an electric motor and a diesel engine. The combination provides better mileage on the road than straight diesel, but that’s only part of the benefit.
The truck’s hydraulic system operates the 60-foot aerial bucket for up to 90 minutes using just the electric motor and batteries, eliminating not only diesel emissions but the noise of an idling truck engine. Running the diesel engine for five minutes recharges the batteries for another 90 minutes.
The vehicle is expected to use as much as 80 percent less fuel than a standard bucket truck, officials said.