Ballistic shields donated
Clintonville police receive safety equipment
By Bert Lehman
Thanks to a $2,500 donation by a local resident, the Clintonville Police Department now has two ballistic shields in can use.
Mayor Richard Beggs told the Clintonville City Council about the donation at the Oct. 8 council meeting.
Beggs said citizen who made the donation regularly supports the city of Clintonville but wants to remain anonymous. He added that the citizen made the donation after finding out the police department didn’t have any ballistic shields.
Beggs said when Clintonville police needed a ballistic shield, it had to contact the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office to borrow one. It would take at least 30 minutes to get a shield if one had to be borrowed.
“This is not a very good response to an emergency,” Beggs said.
City Administrator Sharon Eveland said the cost of the two ballistic shields was more than the $2,500 donation, but Police Chief Craig Freitag was able to negotiate the price down to the donation amount.