“It’s already been a huge asset for us,” Leavitt said.
With its automatic transmission, driving the diesel-powered Humvee is relatively straightforward. Still, Leavitt and Tullercash conducted a training session for other officers.
“It’s not that difficult, it’s very rudimentary,” Fowler said.
Recognizing the versatility of having an all-wheel drive vehicle, the department has been on a campaign to add more SUVs to its fleet. According to Fowler, he has asked taxpayers to approve the purchase of two SUV patrol vehicles to replace aging cruisers. The department’s shift commander and Fowler use recently purchased SUVs.
“Being a beach community with a lot of flooding a four-wheel drive was essential,” Fowler said.