Traverse City Policing Getting New Drug Detection Tool

Traverse City police officers will soon have a new tool at their disposal to address drug crimes.

The Traverse City Police Department is getting $20,000 towards the purchase of a TruNarc scan device, which can be used by officers out in the field to detect drugs. 

The small device, like one already used by the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office, has a laser which can scan a substance without an officer having to risk touching it.

That’s an added safety measure that can also save time and money when it comes to tagging evidence in a crime.

Evidence and property clerk Joanne Tuck says, “When I saw how quickly it identified what was in there, and the care and caution we take for all these white powders we get, I knew it was something we had to try to get for the safety of our officers.”

The TruNarc devices cost between $25,000 and $30,000, so the department will have to come up with a small portion of the funding. But most of the money comes from the Grand Traverse Band’s recent 2 percent grant funding.