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Minden Police Department goes cashless for public transactions

by Amber McDown

The Minden Police Department (MPD) is transitioning to a cashless system for all general public transactions, such as reports and bonds. According to MPD Lieutenant Kendrick, this move is aimed at administrative compliance with state audits and other requirements. “This is for administrative purposes just to keep things compliant with state audits and things like that,” said Lt. Kendrick.

In a statement issued last week, the MPD stated that the shift to a cashless system aligns with their vision of modernizing financial processes, enhancing efficiency, and fostering greater transparency and accountability. The department aims to streamline administrative tasks, reduce security risks, and better serve the community by greatly reducing cash transactions.

Once the transition is complete, the MPD plans to make an additional public announcement regarding the cashless system. The department will accept only credit cards, money orders, or cashier’s checks for these transactions.

Key benefits of the transition include streamlined operations, enhanced security, improved record-keeping, transparency, accountability, and cost savings. Electronic payment methods will expedite various transactions, reduce wait times, and improve overall service delivery. Digital transactions offer heightened security features, minimize risks associated with cash handling, and generate detailed, easily traceable records. This facilitates accurate financial reporting and compliance with regulatory audit requirements.

“We understand that this transition may require some adjustments, but we believe it will ultimately lead to a more efficient, secure, and inclusive service for all residents of Minden,” the department stated. “We remain committed to serving and protecting our community to the best of our abilities, and we believe that this move towards a cashless system will contribute to achieving that goal. We thank you for your continued support and cooperation.”

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