- BPD unveiled the latest addition to its patrol fleet – an ice cream truck
- The truck, valued at $89,000, will give free ice cream to children in the communities
- The ice cream truck will not make daily patrols, but it will be out in force at community events or on particularly hot days in the city
Adorned with multi-colored balloons, the blue and white van has the Boston Police insignia and the words “Free Ice Cream” written in bold blue letters underneath a serving hatch. It is the latest addition to the Boston Police Department’s patrol fleet.
The ice cream truck was unveiled on Monday, August 1, during a press conference at the police headquarters in Roxbury attended by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Police Commissioner William B. Evans and other police officials.
In a brief statement, Mayor Walsh said: “When you think about community policing… you think about relationships on the street. This is a way to have the police and young people interact in a positive setting.”
A police officer remarked: “It’s about way more than ice cream. It’s about relationships and keeping kids safe. We want kids to like and look up to us.”
The Telegraph said a police spokesperson told AFP that the ice cream truck has been donated by the Boston Police Foundation and was valued at $89,000.
Commissioner Evans wished the police started this project 30 years ago.
“I absolutely love the new truck. The goodwill it generates between my officers and our city’s young people is undeniable and nothing short of remarkable and my only regret is that I wish we had started doing this 30 years ago,” he said.
Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans passed frozen treats, donated by dairy company HP Hood, to children attending camp at the Tobin Community Center.
John Jackson, the center’s administrative coordinator, said “Oftentimes, there is this stigma between police officers and the community. This is a great way to bridge the gap.”
The ice cream truck will not make daily patrols, but it will be out in force at community events or on particularly hot days in the city.