RIVER VALE, N.J. -- The River Vale Police Department debuted the latest addition to its fleet Saturday at the township’s annual Memorial Day parade.
“RVPD H1” – a 2004 Humvee – went for its inaugural ride at the event, carrying members of the River Vale Junior Police Academy, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
The police department acquired the vehicle at no cost to the township through the Law Enforcement Support Office 1033 Program, an initiative that allows previously used military equipment to be re-purposed for law enforcement use by police agencies.
The Humvee was stripped and painted at a discounted price by Rich’s Automotive of Emerson.
The vehicle will be used for emergencies, including transportation of equipment and high water rescues, as well as community policing initiatives.
Several times in the recent past, River Vale has experienced significant flooding in different parts of the township that required the evacuation of residents.
During those times, officers were limited in their availability to respond to flood-prone areas.
With the addition of the new vehicle, police will be better able to respond during such extreme weather events and render aid to those in need.