As of July 2nd, the newest vehicle of the Gerrish Township Police Department’s patrol fleet was put into service. The 2014 Dodge Charger will take the place of the oldest patrol unit, a 2010 Dodge Charger, under the department’s regular vehicle replacement policy.
Over half of the cost of the new vehicle itself was covered by a grant written by Chief Hill through the USDA’s Community Facilities Grant Program. Chief Hill worked with U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Area Specialist, Kristy Aikens (pictured in photo with Chief Hill and the new patrol vehicle) and received $12,000 toward the new patrol car. The Rural Emergency First Responders Initiative through the USDA provides funds to specifically strengthen the ability of rural communities to respond to local emergencies and is based on population and Median Household Income (MHI).
Besides the normal removal and replacement of equipment from the old car to the new one, the 2014 Charger has been equipped with a new audio/video system as the old system was eight years old and parts and technology were becoming obsolete. A new high-band radio was also installed for seamless communications between Officers and Fire/EMS agencies.