More guardian vehicles are being added to the fleet of the Evansville Police Department. These surplus, armored trucks provide an imposing police presence to curb neighborhood crime.
So far, the EPD tells 14 News they've received very positive feedback about the guardian for the most part, and now they're looking to get two more of those vehicles on the streets.
Cheryl Chappell couldn't be happier about her new temporary neighbor on Henning Avenue.
"The guardian, that's down the street here, it's a God-send and we appreciate it," Cheryl said.
Since its arrival, Cheryl says she's felt safer and the neighborhood's been quieter.
"They know people are watching them all the time, they can't pick and choose what they do so it's made it a lot better," she said.
Overall though, Assistant Evansville Police Chief Chris Pugh says the department's been surprised at just how popular the guardian's been.
"One of the first places we put it, people clapped, I mean neighbors came out they were happy," Pugh said.
In the few months it's been in action, Pugh says the guardian's visited about five or six neighborhoods, and the police department's already planning to add to its fleet with two more vehicles bought at surplus.
Now, it's a matter of getting the money, likely from drug seizures, to get them up and running.
"I think the first of the year, when we can, maybe start pulling some more stats on this and we can see how our seizure funds are and then go from there but that's the plan is to put the other one's out also," said Pugh.
And that idea, of three guardians instead of one, sounds pretty good to Cheryl Chappell.
"The more the better, I'll feel a lot safer."
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