LANCASTER – Local auto dealership Hunter Dodge is doing its part to ramp up public safety efforts throughout Lancaster.
Owners Tim and Tom Fuller have donated a vehicle called the “Gem” car to the city.
The vehicle, which is similar in design to a golf cart, will be used by Lancaster Sheriff’s deputies to patrol the Farmer’s Market, the Poppy Festival, and various other events and locations in Lancaster.
“The City is extremely grateful for this donation,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Tim and Tom Fuller have been wonderful City partners and have really stepped up the level of support the City receives from community stakeholders. Thank you to the Fullers for this public safety jewel.”
The City’s new Gem car will also be used to proactively monitor high traffic sites, including Antelope Valley College and The BLVD.
The Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters helped coordinate the donation as a creative solution to Captain Bob Jonsen’s need for a vehicle more maneuverable than a patrol car at certain City sites.
“The purpose of utilizing this additional resource is to ward off mischief,” said Councilmember Marvin Crist, who is a public safety advocate, as well as President of the A.V. Boosters. “Many crimes can be thwarted with just a small law enforcement presence. We hope to achieve this when using this vehicle as an added safety measure at special events and public sites.”