Amherstburg police receive annual vehicle donation from Joe Meloche Ford

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Police Service and Joe Meloche Ford have teamed up once again for the benefit of community service programming.

Amherstburg police have received a 2015 Ford F150 pickup truck from the local Ford dealership. Const. Steve Owen, the police service’s community services officer, said the partnership between Amherstburg police and Joe Meloche Ford has lasted for at least the last ten years.

“Every year, they donated a vehicle for our use,” said Owen. “Once they get it back, it’s sold as a demo. They own the vehicle.”

Joe Meloche Ford made their annual vehicle donation to the Amherstburg Police Service with this year’s vehicle being a Ford F150. The vehicle is used for community service work. From left: Mike Ropac, Joe Meloche, community services officer Const. Steve Owen, Michelle Ropac and Mackie Jones.

Joe Meloche Ford made their annual vehicle donation to the Amherstburg Police Service with this year’s vehicle being a Ford F150. The vehicle is used for community service work. From left: Mike Ropac, Joe Meloche, community services officer Const. Steve Owen, Michelle Ropac and Mackie Jones.

Owen said the vehicles have ranged over the years from the Focus and Fusion to the Escape and Explorer. The vehicles are used for Owen to go to his community service functions and transport any materials he needs to bring with him. Those functions include teaching the Values, Influences and Peers (VIP) program, trips to local high schools and other events in and around the community.

“It’s not for general patrol, it’s not used for general police work. It’s just for community service,” said Owen.

The pickup truck was officially turned over to Amherstburg police last week. Dealer principal Joe Meloche indicated it is a partnership he would like to see continue well into the future.

“We’ve got a great police force and we want to keep them,” said Meloche. “We get along very well with them.”

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