Written by Staff
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. 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.
Source: City of Irving