At the regularly scheduled meeting on March 28, the Tyler City Council approved the acceptance of a $105,000 donation from the Smith County District Attorney’s Office to the Tyler Police Department. The donation will be utilized to provide additional safety and operational equipment for Tyler’s Police officers.


“We will use this money to purchase equipment for officers like thermal imaging monoculars to help them find people at night and a mobile spectroscopy that will identify substances with minimum exposure to the officer,” said Police Chief Jimmy Toler. “We are thankful for the partnership and donation from the Smith County DA’s Office. It’s through partnerships like this that we are able to take care our officers who are tasked with taking care of our citizens.”


Council approves the purchase of new computers for emergency services vehicles


City Council approved the purchase of 100 Lenovo in-car computers to be used in the Tyler Police and Fire Departments’ vehicles. The estimated costs of the purchase will be $154,000 to replace outdated emergency vehicle computers. At the January 24 Council meeting, the Smith County 911 Emergency Communication District was approved to provide matching funding of $75,000 towards the purchase of replacement laptops.