On the heels of recent donations for the purchase of Tasers, Weston Police Chief John Troxell said the police department has received an additional $500 contribution.
The latest donation was made by Brian and Tamara Jaworski of Old Mill Road, and brings the total to $10,541 donated by the public in the past few weeks so the department may buy Tasers.
Chief Troxell said he appreciates the public’s support for equipment he believes is necessary for public safety.
In addition to the Jaworskis, the others who have donated money for the purchase of Tasers are Uma and Sunil Ippagunta, $8,041; Dallas and Pamela Kersey, $1,000; and Jack and Lynne Dodick, $1,000.
The donation from the Dodicks was already approved by the Police Commission and Board of Selectmen. The chief said he will bring the other three donations to the commission for approval at its next meeting in October, and then to the selectmen.
Private donations started pouring in following an incident on Newtown Turnpike where a Bridgeport man was Tasered by Redding Police who were assisting Weston, after he rammed into three vehicles and punched out the window of a Redding police cruiser. The suspect resisted arrest and led police on a chase through the woods in front of onlookers including families with children.
On Sept. 6, shortly after the incident, the Police Commission asked the selectmen for a supplemental appropriation of $11,041.35 from the town’s general fund for the purchase of Tasers. The board declined to vote on the issue, saying the request should be placed in next year’s budget or the department should seek private donations.
New Tasers will cost approximately $1,000 each. The department has three older black Tasers on hand but plans to buy 11 new yellow Tasers.