DA provides funds for constable radios

Jesse Ison, Van Zandt Constable Pct. 2, and Deputy Constable Greg Taylor stopped by the VZC District Attorney’s Office recently to personally thank VZC DA Chris Martin for purchasing new radios for all of the constables in Van Zandt County.

Earlier this year, Martin was present during a commissioner’s court meeting when he heard a plea from the constables asking the Commissioner’s to provide additional funding for new radios in their patrol units that would also work with their body radios. Knowing that the County was experiencing a financial crunch and that the constables needed the equipment to safely do their jobs, Martin stepped in and offered to buy the radios utilizing funds he had legally seized and taken from criminals, thereby saving taxpayer money.

He spent $2,976 to buy new radios for the elected constables in all four precincts. Martin said he sincerely appreciated Constable Ison and Deputy Constable Taylor taking the time to stop and say thanks.

During their meeting, Constable Ison expressed how the new radios complimented and improved their existing equipment while dramatically increasing their range of communication in the field. He said that now when he has to leave his patrol car while on a call and he can stay in contact with dispatch and other officers if needed.

Ison said the new radios have improved officer safety and ability in the field. DA Martin said he has been aggressively seizing the money and the assets criminal use to commit crimes since taking office in 2011 and is glad to see it being used to help the law enforcement officers that serve Van Zandt County.

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