Belvidere PD gives squad car to German ValleyPublished: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 1:35 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 1:36 p.m. CST
German Valley's "new" police car, a 2007 Dodge Charger, is ready for action with a fresh paint job and new decals. The City of Belvidere gave the used car to the village. Photo supplied
By Vinde Wells
German Valley has a “new” police car on patrol thanks to the generosity of a Boone County community.
The City of Belvidere recently gave the village a squad car that the police department there was ready to retire.
With new paint and decals, the car is now on duty on German Valley’s streets
Part-time German Valley Police Chief Mike Boomgarden said the village’s only squad car, a 1995 Crown Victoria purchased used 19 years ago from the Freeport Park District, had reached the end of its run.
Looking for a replacement, Boomgarden, who is also the full-time police chief at Forreston, reached out to other police agencies to see if any of them had a good, used car they wanted to sell.
Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble, a longtime friend, had the answer.
“The city council up there voted unanimously to give us a used car at no cost,” Boomgarden said. “They even put new tires on it for us.”
Noble said he took German Valley’s need for a car to his police commission and city council with a proposal to give then the 2007 Dodge Charger slated for replacement in the near future.
“They agreed this was a good way to help out another community,” Noble said.
Boomgarden said the car, with 80,000 miles, came with the cage for prisoners and snow tires.
Noble delivered it himself.
Boomgarden took the car to Forreston Auto Body to have rust spots repaired and a new paint job.
“We got it repainted and put our decals on it,” he said. “It’s now in service.”