The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce the introduction of its latest addition to the Race-A-Cop (RAC) program, a 2003 Police Interceptor Crown Victoria Retired Police Car.
This car had been used in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and was retired, due in part to high mileage and the Douglas County Government established car replacement procedure policy. The car was graciously donated by the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners after many years of service to our community.
This new car as well as the Race-A-Cop (RAC) program is funded through donations and has been fortunate enough to receive donations in excess of $28,000 (in materials and in-kind services for the 2003 Police Interceptor Crown Victoria) from seizure funds, Phillip S. Miller Grant, Potestio Bro’s, J&J Landscape, Diesel Shop, Wal-Mart, Englewood Drive Line, Wyotech in Wyoming, Hanksville Hot Rods and the E-470 Foundation, to help fund the engine and body work on the car. Most recently RAC was awarded $8,200 from the drug seizure board to purchase a trailer which will transport the new vehicle. The new paint job was donated by Auto Image.
RAC is designed to promote positive interaction between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community. The program uses a common interest; building and working on race cars, to form a line of communication, which in turn will strengthen our community involvement. The time the officers spend with the students provides a platform for discussing real life situations involving motor vehicles and the use of drugs and alcohol.
Some of the goals of this program are: to provide a non-traditional learning environment, to educate about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and driving, to educate about the dangers of street racing, cover common traffic laws and to create an open line of communication with people who don’t usually seek out this type of relationship with law enforcement. Race-A-Cop Scholarships are also awarded as funding is available
In keeping with the theme and in support of advancing the continued development of the Race-A-Cop car it was decided to have the 2003 Police Interceptor Crown Victoria converted to a race car as a community project. The Sheriff’s Office was fortunate to have a School Resource Officer that was instrumental in arranging vocational class participation at Ponderosa High School and Douglas County High School. The students and teacher along with some of our deputies worked side-by- side on the car. This car meant so much to some of the students that they have come back to work on the car and attend events at Bandimere Speedway even after they graduated from high school.
The Race-A-Cop cars attend many events such as: parades, car shows, public safety events and the High School Drags at Bandimere Speedway, to name a few.
The 2003 Crown Victoria joins a 1992 Chevy Camaro, and an enclosed vehicle transport trailer to round off the equipment for the Race-A-Cop program.