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Banks make donation to Thayer Police

Friday, October 3, 2008

Local banks from Thayer and Mammoth Spring recently donated $1,800 to the Thayer Police Department to buy new computers and monitors for the department. From left are: Joe Garrison from FNBC at Mammoth Spring, Jim Mills from Bank of Mammoth Spring, Thayer Police Chief David Bailey, Ed Stahlman from Simmons First National Bank at Mammoth Spring, and Adam Courter and Lisa Cates from The Bank of Thayer. Photo by Jan Thompson
THAYER -- Thayer Police Chief David Bailey has made a few upgrades since taking over as Thayer Chief of Police.

One of the areas that needed attention at the police department was new computers.

The officers and dispatchers were working with one dial-up Internet computer that was very slow.

With some city funds and donations totaling $1,800 from The Bank of Thayer, Simmons First National Bank of Mammoth Spring, FNBC of Mammoth Spring and Mammoth Spring Bank, the computer system at the police department has been upgraded.

"It is encouraging to see this kind of response to the needs of law enforcement," Bailey said.

He said he first realized there was a problem with the computer system at the police department when skeletal remains were found along the banks of the Warm Fork River, which also happened to be his first day on the job as Thayer Police Chief.

"Here we were dealing with archeologist and others about these remains and didn't even have a decent computer to get or send needed information," he said.

Bailey said now his officers can take on-line classes a lot faster.

"The citizens of Oregon County should be proud to live in a community where local businesses, such as these fine banks, respond to a need for strong law enforcement in such a positive manner. On behalf of all the officers at the Thayer Police Department, we say thank you to all these banks and their representatives," he said.

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