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Cape Girardeau Police Department purchasing ATVs

By the end of October, you may see officers out and about on ATVs. By the end of October, you may see officers out and about on ATVs.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The Cape Girardeau Police Department will soon have some new rides, thanks to some federal grant dollars.

By the end of October, you may see officers out and about on ATVs.

Officer Darren Hickey said the vehicles will help mobilize officers when natural disasters strike as well as during events with big crowds where car traffic isn't allowed, such as the SEMO District fair.

The two ATVs cost just under $5,000. The department will also put emergency lights and sirens on them so officers can drive them on the road.

Hickey said one of the benefits of the new equipment is that is comes at no cost to local taxpayers.

“Every year we get discretionary funds from the federal government through the Bureau of Justice Assistance," Hickey said. "They assign us money that we have to spend on law enforcement equipment. So, we aren't using any tax payer money, except for just a couple hundred dollars that covers the overages for anything that we buy.”

Hickey said some of that grant money was also used to purchase shotgun and rifle wracks for squad cars.

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