Vancouver police eye quieter ATVs to counter complaints 0
The Vancouver police ATV squad in 2009. (FILE PHOTO)
As soon as the technology is available, the Vancouver Police Department intends to upgrade its all-terrain vehicles to go electric — meaning less noise and pollution for beachgoers during the summer.
The pronouncement was made following a complaint that the ATV beach patrols currently employed along Vancouver’s shoreline were “invasive, disruptive and obnoxious.”
“The minute there is less intrusive technology available, such as fully electric ATVs, we will do that,” said deputy chief Doug LePard.
He said the description of how ATV officers behave — as described by the unnamed complainant — is the same type of behaviour the unit is employed to stop.
Lifeguards and park rangers have been especially supportive of the officers’ work, LePard added.
Drazen Manojlovic, director of planning research and auditing at VPD, said on Tuesday the department already uses the “most quiet, least carbon-emitting” vehicles available.
Currently, there are three 2008 models that the beach patrol unit uses. Manojlovic said the ATVs have also been useful in reducing the number of times police are called to the beaches by half.
The police board dismissed the complaint on Tuesday.