Oxford police deploying ATV around city

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — The Lafayette County Crimestoppers recently purchased a Polaris Ranger all-terrain vehicle for the Oxford Police Department.

“We have used the Polaris almost weekly, from the Double Decker to letting the school resource officers use it on school campus during the end of this school year, to leading the First Baptist Church Fourth of July parade,” Police Chief Joey East told the Oxford Eagle.

The four-seat Polaris 500 cost around $10,000.

The money came from the $1.50 assessment of a Crimestoppers fee on some tickets and misdemeanor arrests as allowed by Mississippi law. The proceeds can be used toward reward money for tips or helping to fund law enforcement initiatives.

East talked earlier this year with the board of directors of Crimestoppers about buying the ATV.

“They wanted to purchase a vehicle that was a nontraditional police vehicle that wouldn’t normally fall under the department’s regular budget,” said Crimestoppers co-chairman David McElreath.

East said the Polaris also is used in parades, during races and walks and will assist in ball game traffic and around the Square during special events like Double Decker.

The ATV has been decked out with the Crimestoppers’ logo and contact number as well as the police department’s name and logo. The vehicle cost $ 1-0,865.

It was the first purchase of a large piece of equipment by Crimestoppers.

“We hope to be able to fund other local law enforcement initiatives,” McElreath said.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com