By far the largest percentage jump in the agency’s budget is found in capital expenditures, which jumped 320 percent from $50,000 to $210,000.
Sullivan explained that anomaly stemmed from the accelerated vehicle purchase plan, which added new patrol cars to the department’s fleet.
Overall, the MWPD general fund rose from $2,297,320 in 2011 to $2,685,792 in 2012, a 17 percent increase.
Year in Review
Sullivan was selected by city staff to take the helm as police chief early last year and was sworn in Feb. 21, 2012.
Coming in to a new environment, Sullivan assessed the situation and held several input sessions with employees to determine the best way to move forward.
His restructuring began with a focus on restoring the public’s trust, increasing the training and technological capabilities of the department and establising a formal agency policy manual.
During the year’s second quarter, Sullivan spearheaded community forums in each of the city’s wards and invited the public to share ideas and shared the outlook of the department and the overall community.
Additionally, the MWPD added new, municipal police-style uniforms as well as the first of the new fleet of patrol vehicles during this period.
Sullivan also noted the agency’s work in dealing with noise complaints and the new citywide noise ordinance adopted as a result.
Other developments throughout the year included the implementation of Project 365, which is designed to spend one year reaching a statistically high-crime area of town.
Officers also gained new in-car technology through an agreement with the City of Lake Worth.
Through partnerships with other city and county entities, the MWPD was instrumental in establishing a local Children’s Advocacy Center and the Mineral Wells Fourth Responders Program.
The agency also equipped residents to become more involved through online crime prevention programs including Crime Reports, Leads Online, ReportIt and TipSoft.