The unit, valued at $2,700, is a major asset to the department, Thayer Police Department Lt. Josh McDaniel said Thursday, Dec. 22.
Thayer Police Chief David Bailey thanked the coalition for its willingness to assist the Thayer Police Department.
The department was one of eight law enforcement agencies in the southeast region receiving radar units this year to help enforce speed limits. Other agencies included the police departments of Houston, Piedmont, Puxico, Scott City, West Plains and Willow Springs and the Perry County Sheriff's Department.
Southeast Coalition regional coordinator Kelly Martin reminds motorists that speed limits are set for a reason.
"It's the maximum speed allowed in normal road conditions," Martin said in a press release, adding that additional caution is needed in rain, snow, ice and fog.
The coalition, a diverse group representing engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency medical services, was created in 2004 to reduce traffic fatalities and disabling injuries on Missouri roads.
McDaniel said the radar gun from the coalition is one of several grants the department received recently. The department also has been awarded an in-car video camera from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, the city's insurance provider.
"The camera will be extremely important," McDaniel said.
McDaniel said the camera, which the department has not yet received, will be useful in court disputes following traffic stops. The camera will be able to show exactly what happened, proving either the officer's side or the suspected violator's side, he said.
The department also has been granted additional funding for DWI saturation efforts during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period.
The department can use the money for overtime pay for DWI enforcement.
"There are a lot of people traveling over the holidays," McDaniel said. "Everyone needs to be watchful out there."