Round Lake Park police have a new $48,000 Jeep to use for a few months through a corporate sponsorship of sorts.
Antioch Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram donated the vehicle to Round Lake Park authorities. Deputy Police Chief Dan Burch said the village will use the new, top-of-the-line Jeep for about 5,000 miles, then return it to the dealership and receive another vehicle.
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Burch said other donors covered the vehicle's painting, graphics and communications equipment. He said such a program has been used at other Illinois police departments.
Police Chief George Filenko said decals on a rear side window will promote the Antioch car dealership and the other businesses in exchange for the donations. He said the Jeep will be used for patrols and crime-prevention duties.
"It's like a corporate sponsorship of a police car," Filenko said.
Similar to other towns, Round Lake Park's police vehicle replacement has been limited due to budget constraints, Filenko said. The donation is a different way to modernize the police fleet, he added.