Graffiti gone: Evansville Police unveil new tool to clean up the city

EPD officers test out the pressure wash system on a building in Haynie's Corner. (Source: WFIE)
EPD officers test out the pressure wash system on a building in Haynie's Corner. (Source: WFIE)
The device is part of the Evansville Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit. (Source: WFIE)
The device is part of the Evansville Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit. (Source: WFIE)

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville Police debuted a new tool Wednesday morning, that can remove graffiti with very little mess.

And now EPD's Crime Prevention Unit intends to start cleaning off tagged buildings across the city.

A self-contained mobile unit that can be pulled by a vehicle, all around the city. The device uses a baking soda pressure wash system, making it environmentally friendly, but strong enough to work on almost any surface.

The idea for the device and purchasing the system was really a team effort, according to Officer Nick Sandullo.

No federal funds went into the purchase of the device.

It was paid for with money city officials had left from a nearby parking lot project, according to Kelly Coures, the Director of Metropolitan Development.

If you see graffiti on buildings where you live, you're encouraged to leave a tip for the Crime Prevention Unit at 812-435-6035.

Officers will filter through those tips, and develop a list of high-priority spots to clean up.

According to EPD officer Nick Sandullo, graffiti involving curse words and vulgar terms will be cleaned up first.

The Louisville Police Department has a similar device but charges city residents to use it.  Evansville Police say they will not be charging fees.

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