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LOPD gets new Ranger for Project Lifesaver

LOPD has a new recruit. This Polaris Ranger will help in future search and rescue efforts in the community, bringing loved ones home. -Photo: Courtesy LOPD

By Tami Stevenson

The Live Oak Police Department says they are grateful for the grants that provided them with this Polaris Ranger, which will have a great impact on their future search and rescue efforts in the community, bringing loved ones home, as part of Project Lifesaver.

Chief Keith Davis told the Suwannee Valley Times during a phone interview, it only took three or four months for the grant to get approved, once the paperwork was turned in, but that was right when COVID-19 hit and everything was delayed. “So all together, it’s been more than a year,” said Davis.

They have had the ranger for two weeks or so now, and are waiting for some blue lights and other final additions before they implement it. Last week they got all the lettering and logos done and proudly posted it on social media.

The chief also said the ranger will be used, from time to time, to patrol the Heritage Park & Gardens trail where the park has poles set up so that regular vehicles cannot travel through. They also use a gulf cart that was acquired through a grant.

“Most of the time the calls for there are medical aid calls or someone just isn’t feeling right and (will use those vehicles) to get to the people.”

Chief Davis will have held the position of Police Chief for two years, this August, and says he loves it. “It’s been awesome so far. Basically, I oversee and make sure the rest of the people and agents are doing their job. Up to this point I’ve been real satisfied with the job that is being done.” He has 23 years into his law enforcement career and said he is hoping to have a few more.

About Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue program operated internationally by public safety agencies, and is strategically designed for “at risk” individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to wander due to a cognitive condition, such as Autism and Alzheimers disease.

Ranger with its newly added lettering and LOPD logo. -Photo Courtesy LOPD

The back of the new Polaris Ranger -Photo Courtesy LOPD