Metro police plan to add UTVs to help fight crime in Bellevue

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Metro Police plan to add a new resource in Bellevue for fighting crime: UTVs. 

The Bellevue Community Engagement Team, comprised of a Metro sergeant and five officers, will soon use an off-road utility vehicle for patrols.

Currently, the team patrols River Plantation in Bellevue up to three times a week by bike. 

“On a UTV, I’m not limited to the streets and roadways, or even sidewalks,” explains Officer Alex Lampley. “I can go wherever it will fit. And its off-road capabilities would definitely, definitely minimize the opportunity a suspect would have of getting away.” 

Lampley said the UTVs will also help them to better navigate the subdivision’s terrain.

“Inside the different sections [of the development], one section could be flat and relatively easy to ride. The other section could be very hilly and difficult to ride,” Lampley said. “UTVs will definitely shorten our response time out here.”

One resident of the condo subdivision told News 2, they’re grateful for the additional resource. 

“Having that [UTV program] is another vehicle that adds to our safety, and the way this city is growing and the crime rate is going up…” Charlie McAlexander told News 2. “In section two [of the development], we’re in great shape because of them.”

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