October 28, 2014
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Anchorage Police community car dispatched to Aurora Elementary at 1140 hours to learn its new name, Patriot. After receiving the Dodge Charger as a donation by GCI and Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Center, the Anchorage Police Department turned to students to name its newest addition to the safety fleet. Employees of the Anchorage Police Department selected the name, suggested by a former Aurora Elementary student.
“Gifted by the community and now named by the community, Patriot truly represents the spirit of our officers. The car has been racking up miles attending community events all summer and is certainly turning heads everywhere it goes, something that wouldn’t have happened without the tremendous support of both GCI and Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Center,” said Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew.
“GCI has always been committed to giving back to Alaska, and we are proud to have partnered with APDEA for a number of years. It is an honor to support our local police force by helping make the Patriot patrol vehicle a reality and increasing engagement with the youth in our community,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes.
Students were encouraged to suggest their names for the car on coloring sheets made available at schools, community events and local businesses across Anchorage. In the end, the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association selected its favorite from the more than 70 entries.
“It’s important that students learn at an early age that public safety officers are here to help and are approachable, that is the success of this community car,” added Mew.
On Tuesday, the car greeted students at the Aurora Elementary playground during a scheduled recess, providing kids an opportunity to explore the car, meet police officers and learn more about the role of officers in the community.
With its new named etched to the windshield, the Anchorage Police announced that Patriot is kicking off a tour of Anchorage schools as a thank you to students. Next on the tour are planned visits to Chester Valley Elementary, Birchwood ABC Elementary, Williwaw Elementary and Huffman Elementary.
The Anchorage Police Department Employee Association represents more than 500 employees at the Anchorage Police Department, the largest law enforcement agency in the state. APDEA is the city’s second-largest bargaining unit, and is a major supporter of youth activities and victim advocacy charities in Anchorage.
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