Thanks to a donation from a local service organization on Monday, the San Diego Police Department is now equipped with two new all-terrain vehicles and two new bicycles to help officers patrol Balboa Park.
The police department says the vehicles will provide the officers with additional resources for patrolling the park and surrounding areas.
The Thursday Club Juniors of San Diego had originally raised the funds to help the police department purchase a new horse for foot patrol, said Thursday Club's Debra Baker, but the horse was never purchased. The city eventually did away with their horse patrol, so Baker said the club decided to purchase the vehicles to take the place of the horses.
The police department says the new all-terrain vehicles will help deter crime in the park. The ATVs and bicycles will allow greater interaction between park visitors and law enforcement, making Balboa Park a safer place for all, said San Diego Police Capt. Mark Jones.
The Thursday Club will formally present the four new vehicles during a presentation at the fountain in Balboa Park on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.