Today, 13 February, the RCIPS is adding two new, fully-electric All-Terrain Vehicles to its fleet, which will provide officers with improved capabilities to conduct patrols along the beach and in off-road areas.
“These vehicles will help us gain access to previously inaccessible areas around the island, and make our beach patrolling more efficient,” said Derek Byrne, Commissioner of Police, “and at the same time they are fully electric, so they are quiet and ecologically sound. Therefore they do not disrupt the serenity or beauty of our beaches, but at the same time lend a sense of security to our visitors and residents through greater police visibility.”
The vehicles, which are Eco Charger E-ATVs, are licensed as a special police utility vehicle under conditions agreed with the Director of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing and the Commissioner. These conditions include travel at lower speeds, the use of safety gear, special insurance and use only by specially qualified and trained drivers.
As of today officers have begun training on new vehicles, which will be used for patrols as early as this weekend during the Kaaboo Festival.
“These vehicles are intended for patrolling and police response in certain conditions, and will also be equipped to carry a police dog in a specially constructed and air conditioned carrier,” continued Commissioner Byrne. “They will add to our public order and drug detection capacities, especially in coastal areas.”