The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD) recently embarked on a fundraising effort to purchase a small utility vehicle.
The Polaris Ranger 500 is a small utility vehicle which can carry two officers and emergency equipment. Numerous annual events are held in our communities throughout the year that draw large crowds. Many of these events are crowded to the point that responding to emergencies via traditional patrol car is difficult at best. A small utility vehicle will allow a quick and nimble response to events such as medical emergencies and lost children. SLMPD officers are trained and certified as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and this vehicle will be equipped with oxygen, a defibrillator, and other medical supplies. Also, history shows that roads can become impassable to traditional full-size emergency vehicles following a natural or man-made disaster. This utility vehicle will enable officers to reach those in need at such times. Additionally, the vehicle will be used on a regular basis to patrol our parks and walking/biking trails.
Although public safety budgets have dwindled recently, and the SLMPD is no exception, the purchase of this vehicle has become a reality through donations from the community.
If you have any questions about this project, or would like to make a donation towards equipping the vehicle, please contact Community Service Supervisor/Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Hohertz directly at (952) 960-1619 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SLMPD is grateful to the following community partners for supporting this endeavor with generous monetary donations:
Active Life and Running Club
American Legion - Clarence Clofer Post #259
Renewable Energy SD
Shorewood Yacht Club
Tonka Bay Marina
The George Family of Shorewood
Due to the generosity of these civic-minded organizations and families, we have reached our fundraising goal and the vehicle has been purchased. It should arrive and be equipped and ready for service withing the next couple of months.