Police force unveils its latest weapon against crime – a John Deere tractor | Mail Online
September 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
A rural police force has unveiled its new squad car – a blue and yellow tractor which boasts a top speed of 25mph and comes complete with a flashing blue light.
The John Deere 6630 has been liveried in police stripes and badges and modified with a blue light taken from a standard police van.
It was unveiled today by Lincolnshire Police to spearhead the launch of Operation Fusion – an initiative against agricultural crime.
Crops and robbers: The 25mph tractor has been fitted with a flashing blue light in case of high speed chases
The tractor will be displayed at shows to highlight police work but could also be used in the event of severe flooding or an environmental disaster.
The vehicle the brainchild of Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, of Lincolnshire Police, who said there is a ‘serious message’ behind the scheme.
He said: ‘I have taken the tractor out for a spin and it does require some skill to control, so all credit to the guys who do this for a living.’
‘The tractor looks like a bit of fun but there is a serious message behind it – that we take rural crime seriously and want to work closely with our local communities.’
‘At this time of year agricultural crime can have a big impact on farmers because if a tractor is stolen people can lose their jobs or livelihood.’
‘That’s why we are trying to make people aware of all the deterrents that are available and encouraging farmers to avoid becoming victims by tagging their vehicles.’