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New patrol vehicle hits the streets
BEAUMONT - It's a new tool Beaumont officers say will help them create a stronger police presence. The patrol division is receiving new fleet vehicles.
The first Tahoe rolled out of the factory and into neighborhoods today.
Officer Tray Armstrong is stepping into his new mobile office.
It makes you want to go out and do your job in a new way, said Officer Tray Armstrong.
He says it makes him want to work harder.
Make a show of presence known even more than we already do, said Officer Armstrong.
Armstrong patrols the neighborhoods in north Beaumont
The best benefit is you get to know the environment, you know where the drug dealers are, you know where the hang outs are, said Officer Armstrong.
He says a show of force on the streets and cooperation from neighbors are the keys to fighting crime.
We can't be in every place at once. But with the help of the community we can get there faster another eye and support for us, said Officer Armstrong.
He says the new tool will help him when he goes on an emergency call.
Doing my job to the best of my ability every day, make sure the way I come in, I return home, said Officer Armstrong.
There are minor adjustments for convenience.
The lights have been moved up and the radio has been moved back, said Officer Armstrong.
Its equipped with a lower frame to make it safer for officers rushing to the scene of a crime
And an officer ready to serve.
If I can make a difference then why not, that's one reason why I do this, said Officer Armstrong.
And while this Tahoe is the first to hit the road, the department is getting 47 more patrol vehicles that will help keep officers safe while responding to emergencies.
Beaumont police say their long term goal is to replace every Crown Victoria in the patrol fleet with a Tahoe.