As of July 2nd, the newest vehicle of the Gerrish Township Police Department’s patrol cars 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 procedure. Over half the cost of this vehicle was covered by a grant written by Chief Hill through the USDA’s Community Facilities Grant Program. $12,000 was received from the USDA’s Rural Emergency First Responders Initiative which provides funds to specifically strengthen the ability of rural communities to respond to local emergencies and is based on population and MHI (Median Household Income).
Besides the normal removal and replacement of equipment from the old car, this vehicle has been equipped with a new in car camera 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.