PARKER – The Parker Police Department has now entered into the business of doing vehicle identification number (VIN) inspections. In doing so, the city joins La Cygne, Pleasanton and Mound City and the Linn County Sheriff’s office in offering that service.
Parker Police Chief Craig Haley said that both he and police officer Cody Kiser had been trained to do the inspections. He said that the officers could do the inspections at City Hall at 310 W. Main Street or they could make the inspections on site at the vehicle owners home or work, depending on the distance.
Haley said that vehicle owners that need a VIN inspection don’t have to rely only on the county vehicle department to do the inspections. He said that having the VIN inspections done by Parker police would be more convenience for people in eastern Anderson and southeastern Miami counties.
La Cygne City Clerk Jodi Wade said that the inspections by the cities that were previously handled by the sheriff’s office has grown significantly since the sheriff’s office had to close inspections down during its move to its new headquarters in Mound City last year. She said La Cygne and Pleasanton alternate days for inspections.
Mound City has also seen brisk business in VIN inspections since Police Chief Paul McKee started doing them last fall.
Haley said the $20 per inspection fees would be used to purchase equipment for the Parker Police Department. He said that officers have already had to supply much of their own gear and he is hoping that the inspection fees will help defray costs. To set up an inspection, call City Hall at (913) 898-2710.