New ride for CPO

The community policing office is eager to get behind the wheel of their new Jeep Patriot.

The sponsors stand by the new DARE Jeep Patriot. From left to right are: Glenn Bandstra

The sponsors stand by the new DARE Jeep Patriot. From left to right are: Glenn Bandstra

The community policing office is eager to get behind the wheel of their new Jeep Patriot.

The vehicle is being provided through the generous donations of community sponsorships. The office’s current vehicle is coming to the end of its lease, and was used quite extensively.

The vehicle’s purpose is primarily for the local Speed Watch, and Citizens of Patrol. The new vehicle sports a more D.A.R.E theme with eye catching decals.

The Jeep will hopefully make its presence felt in the community, by appearing in many local events. The new vehicle will make an impact on the awareness the D.A.R.E program offers.

“Anything we can do to raise awareness in the community is good,” said Matt Davey, Smithers’ Prevention Community Safety Officer.

The vehicle is also available for regular members of the RCMP as transportation for out of town training opportunities, which comes as a savings to the detachment.

The Town of Smithers has and is continuing to cover the insurance cost of the vehicle. The rest of the cost is split by Bandstra Transportation, Frontier Chrystler, and the Western Financial Group.

The CPO has a very tight budget, and the community vehicle would not be possible without community sponsorship.