The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) has introduced the newest vehicle in its fleet: a John Deere “Gator” ATV.
The Gator – valued at $20,000 with a trailer – was purchased with proceeds from the second annual Crime is Toast fundraising breakfast, hosted in the fall by the Abbotsford Police Foundation (APF).
Supporters were on hand Wednesday at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), where APF president Kevin Boonstra symbolically handed over the keys to Police Chief Bob Rich.
Established in 2005, the APF is a charitable organization funding APD community programs that are not covered by its operating budget.
“The addition of this specialized equipment will have a big impact on our ability to police difficult-to-reach areas of our city. Our members have been looking forward to this day and I can assure you we will put this unit to good use,” Rich said.
During the event, it was also announced that the APF and UFV are exploring a more formal partnership.
“Our ability to leverage ‘student power’ is highly beneficial to our volunteer board of directors,” Boonstra said.
“UFV practicum students get a unique opportunity to put their education and experience to the test helping the foundation achieve our goals. As well, we will explore a number of other mutually beneficial ways to work together.”
UFV president Mark Evered said the collaboration with the APF “provides exceptional opportunities” for student to gain first-hand experience with all aspects of work within the foundation.
The third annual Crime is Toast fundraiser takes place Oct. 25 at UFV’s Abbotsford campus from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are available online at abbypf.ca.