Over the last several months, the DeFuniak Springs Police have worked diligently to procure two new ways of commuting inside the city limits. The two new ways of commuting were focused on the mobility during events that tend to assemble pedestrian traffic, and to enable emergency personal to respond to our citizens during disasters such as inclement weather.
An EZGO was purchased through a Federal Grant. The DeFuniak Springs Police was awarded this funding after showing the need of mobilization during events that tend to have extraordinary pedestrian attendance such as, the upcoming Marvel of Flight, Fourth of July celebration, Walton County Fair, Halloween and Christmas Reflections. This will allow officers to respond to an emergency safely and quickly through the crowds.
Several months ago members from the DeFuniak Springs Police traveled to Montgomery Alabama to the Alabama Army National Guard Unit (Salvage Yard) to take ownership of a donated 1986 Military Humvee. With the help from Holmes County Correction Institution, and City of DeFuniak Springs Shop personnel, it is now ready for service.
The Humvee allows much higher mobility for the DeFuniak Springs Police if a disaster such as a hurricane should occur. This former military vehicle enables the DeFuniak Springs Police to perform many more tasks during manmade and natural disasters. When these types of disasters occur in our community, this new tool will assist the police and other first responders to arrive in a timely and safe method.
The DeFuniak Springs Police were able to procure these two vehicles and now have them in operation in our community. The money spent to complete these two projects came from seized funds, which is awarded funds by the courts from the criminals, and Federal Funding Grants.
“We’re excited about the two new additions to our fleet that will enhance our capability to better serve our citizens” Chief Mark A. Weeks said.
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Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Criminal Investigations Division Commander