The University Police Department recently acquired new compact recreation vehicles equipped with tools to improve campus such as fire extinguishers and lockout and jump start kits.
The vehicles will help navigate campus in cases of emergency.
“The CRV's ability to leave the street behind and venture through the plaza, center of campus, trails and other areas off limits to standard patrol vehicles make the CRV a great asset to UPD,” UPD Officer Robert McDonald said. “They allow us to increase officer presence, visibility and decrease response times to hard-to-access areas on campus.”
McDonald said in addition to those benefits, the CRVs are not expensive to maintain.
“The CRVs cost just over half the price of a standard police patrol vehicle and [are] more fuel efficient, which with the raising fuel cost and reduced budget is a win-win,” McDonald said.
The new vehicles can be seen around campus, and UPD said it hopes the uniqueness of the vehicles will serve as an ice breaker to get conversations started.