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Iowa police add John Deere Gator to fleet of vehicles

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Waterloo, Iowa Police Department has added a new John Deere Gator to the arsenal of vehicles that the station has at its disposal.
The Waterloo, Iowa Police Department has added a new John Deere Gator to the arsenal of vehicles that the station has at its disposal.

The Waterloo, Iowa Police Department has added a new John Deere Gator to the arsenal of vehicles that the station has at its disposal, according to the Waterloo Daily Courier.

Police in the area will now be able to navigate through the city in a more efficient manner, as the vehicle made its debut at the Thunder in the Valley Air Show this past weekend, reported the news source.

The vehicle was also used in the downtown area as part of a bio-terrorism drill at the Waterloo Post Office, as the maneuverability and size of the Gator allowed for members of the police force to traverse land and alleys that were unfit for squad cars, according to the Courier.

Waterloo Fire Rescue has their own vintage Gator vehicle that they use for a variety of tasks, and the police department noted the effectiveness of this model before requesting its own version of the machine, reported the news source.

John Deere Gators are also available in a multi-passenger model that can carry up to four people along with providing four-wheel-drive, according to the company's website.  

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