“Its something we wanted for a long time,” said chief Doug Bernabei.
The vehicle has all the same equipment as a regular squad car, including lights, radio, flares and first-responder equipment. The vehicle also was painted in black and white with police decals to match other police units. The total cost was $14,000; however, the purchase did not come from taxpayers’ money but rather from drug forfeitures and fines, Bernabei said.
“It can go places where a squad car can’t go,” he said.
The ATV will be used to patrol crowds at the fireworks celebration, park patrols, concerts at the airport and the Central States baseball tournament. It also can be used in emergency situations when the police need to go on rough terrain, in severe weather and heavily wooded areas. Bernabei said he also plans to make the vehicle available to other local departments wanting to use it.
The ATV will be on patrol during the fireworks and Independence Day celebration tonight on Water Street.
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