Harrington reveals community supported police vehicle

HARRINGTON — The ride for Harrington Police Department’s Community Policing Officer Carl Klotz just got a little brighter.

Once white with blue and yellow stripes matching other vehicles in Harrington Police Department’s fleet, the community policing vehicle received a facelift thanks to the support of local businesses.

“I love it. It’s been a long time coming,” he said after the revealing Friday morning. “When it first started, I had no idea it was going to look like this.”

NASCAR fan and Harrington’s Police Chief Norman Barlow had a good idea of what the final product would look like, however.

“It’s been about a year-long project. I’m just so happy to bring it to the community have the backing of local businesses,” he said. “It’s a good way for them to get their name out there. It’s of my proud accomplishments.”

After 38 local businesses committed to supporting the new look, the police package Chevrolet Tahoe was covered in a Full Body Wrap from Xtreme Graphix in Milford.

Dave Short of Xtreme Graphix said most of the logos now found along the length of the vehicle are all sealed into one wrap with the exception of a couple of later additions.

“For the amount of people involved, it went very smoothly,” he said.

Local business owners Richard Messick and Rudy Kocakus said supporting the project and the police department was important to them as active community members.

Mr. Messick, owner of Mad Clay Homes, can see his local just underneath a window on either side of the vehicle.

“It just felt like it was an important part of being in this town. Being born and raised here, it’s a sense of pride that I take in being able to take part in this,” he said.

Mr. Kocakus, owner of Rudy’s Diner in Harrington, expressed similar thoughts.

“I like Harrington and it’s nice to see all the people together doing this,” he said. “And the Harrington officers are real nice, too. They’re helping businesses and Harrington grow.”

As an added bonus to local businesses, the Harrington Police Department is holding monthly meetings geared toward business owners in hopes of connecting with them on a regular basis.

“We wanted to partner with local businesses and keep up on what’s going on while bringing them together,” Chief Barlow said.

The meetings are open to any local business owner as an opportunity for networking and discussing ways to make their businesses safer, he added.

“We’re just excited to get out there to the community more,” Chief Barlow said.

According to Public Information Officer Sgt. Adam Gillespie, a onetime fee will allow advertisement of the supporting business for the life of the vehicle which could be from 7-10 years.  Sponsorship packages ranged from $600-$3000, with the majority of the graphics displayed on both the driver and passenger side of the Tahoe.

The vehicle will be used for special events, parades and other community policing activities only, he said.

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