The Paso Robles Police Department will purchase a new four-seated off-road vehicle to patrol and respond to incidents within popular off-highway recreational areas, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the county.
On Tuesday, the City Council accepted the grant from the San Luis Obispo County Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle License Fund that will allow officers to patrol for illegal off-highway vehicle use and better respond to calls for assistance from hikers, bikers and horseback riders in areas near the Salinas River, its tributaries, and several large greenbelt areas within the city, according to a staff report.
Since 2002, the department has had two four-wheel ATVs to respond to such calls. Though the ATVs will remain in use, they are single-seated and have historically allowed only limited access to those areas.
Police Lt. Tim Murphy said the department has not yet settled on a specific manufacturer or model of vehicle, which will determine its cost. The remainder of grant funds must be used to purchase emergency medical supplies and accessories.
The one-time grant will cover the cost of the vehicle and accessories but the department will pay the yet-to-be determined ongoing maintenance costs through its vehicle maintenance budget.