PI Commissioners Approve Rejoining HUNT
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:39:51 EST
Presque Isle County Commissioners have decided to rejoin the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) as a financially contributing member.
Commissioners Chairman Carl Altman explained that in recent weeks, he, along with commissioner Steve Lang attended a HUNT meeting where bylaws and financial contributions were discussed. At a commissioner's meeting earlier this month, members discussed involvement, and it was decided to have a HUNT representative attend last week's session.
However, in a phone call with Altman and Vice Chair Bob Schell, State Police representatives Mike Hahn and Mike Caldwell felt they did not the HUNT commander to discuss policy, and made a presentation by phone. Previous disagreements, misinformation and benefits for the county were discussed. Calling the discussion "very informative", Schell observed that what convinced him was that one meth lab cleanup could far exceed the cost of 8-thousand dollars ($8,000.00) that was being requested of each HUNT member. HUNT has trained individuals and access to other resources the county does not.
If the City of Rogers City would make a contribution, that would further reduce the county cost, and city officials will be approached in the future.
Sheriff Bob Paschke agreed that rejoining HUNT was a good idea, saying "Its time". He said that he was not sure to what extent the drug problem was in the county, but getting a good exchange of information is beneficial to his officers. He also said putting a man on HUNT as the county did before would be tough, but may be budgeted for next year.
The board decided that the 8-thousand dollars ($8,000.00) would come from an emergency services budget.