RIDGELAND — Aldermen approved a trial agreement with Motorola and the city police department for new digital evidence management equipment and software. 

Police Chief John Neal told aldermen that this system could potentially cut down on paper use within the department. He said following the trial period, if successful, it would be a system he would explore adding for the upcoming fiscal year. 

Aldermen unanimously approved the trial agreement last Tuesday. 

In other police-related news, aldermen:

• Approved RPD to receive an insurance check in the amount of $1,278.35 for repairs on RPD unit 346, a 2017 Ford Explorer, involved in an accident on Jan. 20.

• Approved RPD to receive an insurance check in the amount of $18,912 for repairs on RPD unit 347, also a 2017 Ford Explorer, involved in a Dec. 9, 2018, accident. Chief Neal said the vehicle was reported a total loss.

• Approved two service agreements with Motorola for maintenance services of RPD’s portable radios and Communications Division equipment. Neal said the two contracts were budget items and are renewed every year. The two contracts add up to $36,556.21 annually for services.

• Renewed an agreement with United States Department of the Interior, National park Service and RPD establishing the terms and conditions under which emergency assistance will be provided in on the Natchez Trace within the City of Ridgeland. 

• Approved a service agreement with TCSWare for maintenance and repair of the police departments computers, cameras and related accessories.

• Approved a special event permit for Birthright of Jackson’s Mom’s Day 5k scheduled for May 11, from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at BoJ on South Pear Orchard. The route includes a portion of Ring Road and will have 10 posts to be manned by RPD for three hours apiece. They expect between 30 and 60 participants. Estimated PD overtime will be about $810 for the event posts.

• Approved a special event permit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides: Run for Breath 5k Run/Walk scheduled for April 27, from 8 a.m. to 11a.m. at the Club in the Township. They expect 150 participants. The event will generate an estimated $648 in overtime for RPD who will be manning eight posts for about three hours each for participant safety.

• Approved a special event permit for Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s annual Pepsi pops concert on the reservoir scheduled for May 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Old Trace Park. MSO Director Richard Hudson said that they expect about 2,000 participants. The event will generate about 82 overtime hours for RPD at a rate of $27 per hour. The $2,214 in overtime covers traffic, parking lot security and overall crowd monitoring. These tasks will be handled by RPD and the Reservoir Police.

• Approved a special event permit for the UMMC Mind Center Brawn and Bubbles 5k Run for the Brain scheduled for May 9, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Reservoir Point. They expect 200 participants. This event will generate an estimated $81 in overtime. RPD will have two traffic units to coordinate the event for about an hour and a half each. On duty officers will assist as well if needed.