The new wheels of Tulare County’s deputies will be noticed by the public at community events.
On Tuesday, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux unveiled the new Youth Service recreational vehicle (RV). Families were invited to visit the RV and have lunch or play games during the unveiling, a report said.
According to the sheriff, the RV will be used by the department for its many Police Activities League events (PAL). Youth football, basketball, and bowling are all provided by the department’s Youth Services Unit. Families living in unincorporated areas are eligible for these leagues at no cost.
The Explorer program is also run by the unit. These programs aim to foster a positive relationship between law enforcement and youth.
He stated, “To build strong communities and relationships, we must make sure that we are in those communities,” said in the report.
“Through the children, it is possible to reach families,” he added.
It took several years to complete the project and there is still work to renovate the RV. The vehicle was given to the sheriff’s office by the county. The vehicle was originally used for medical purposes, but it is now available to children as a place to grow and play.
The report said this RV is equipped with a tool station, hot wheels track, and building blocks. It also includes drawing stations, puzzles, and a drawing station.
The RV is a focal point for drug and tobacco prevention. The walls are decorated with colorful messages for children from Tulare County. The design features images of Deputy BuzzBee and his motto, “Bee Nice. Bee Honest. And Bee Safe!”
“We are taking the first step. Boudreaux stated that it was important for him to build these relationships. “If we don’t take the first step, then who will?” he said in the report.