Once again, a group of local businesses has gotten together to outfit Smithers Community Policing, Smither Auxiliary Police, Citizens on Patrol and the RCMP with a community policing van.
Frontier Chrysler provided the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan with co-sponsorship from Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Bandstra Transportation, Bulkley Valley Insurance Services and Randy’s Image Design.
The group has been community policing vehicles for over a decade on a three- to four-year cycle, said Glenn Bandstra, Frontier dealer principal.
“This is the fourth or fifth vehicle, so, we just support the program,” he said. “It’s a great program for the community and our plan is to continue to do so.”
Bruce Bobick, a long-time member of COP, said they are very grateful t0 receive the support.
The van has a number of uses including the community police speed watch program, Citizens on Patrol and victims’ services. The RCMP also use it to conduct their Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program.