Police Acquire Special Vehicle Through State Grant
Irving residents can expect to see increased police presence around the Civic Center Complex, Centennial and surrounding parks, and throughout all of historic downtown Irving. Thanks to a state grant, the Police Department has acquired a new golf-cart-style vehicle to increase public safety.
"The acquisition of the golf-cart-style police vehicle is the result of a conversation with Sgt. Ned Thurmond," Officer Kevan Ickes said. "He asked how could we do our job more efficiently, and I mentioned that having a more open vehicle would allow Officer Naya Pope and I to build better relationships with residents, park patrons and visitors."
Equipped with emergency lights, the vehicle can accelerate to 30 mph. In addition, the all-electric vehicle can travel up to 60 miles with one complete charge. Residents and visitors also can expect to see the street-legal vehicle at special events held in downtown Irving, such as the annual Fourth of July and Christmas parades. When not on patrol or at special events, the vehicle — affectionately known as the beast — will rest at City Hall.
"We're not just driving by residents in squad cars anymore," Ickes said. "This vehicle is a clear demonstration of the city's commitment to serve the community.”
As a reminder, nonemergency concerns can be reported to police at (972) 273-1010. To report crimes in progress, dial 911.
Posted July 9