VanU­nen lauded for ef­fort to raise funds to buy po­lice pa­trol car

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By VINCE REMBULAT

The City of Ripon is thankful for Rick Van Unen.

He re­cently led the fundrais­ing ef­forts to help Ripon po­lice pur­chase an out-fit­ted pa­trol unit.

“Rick is a valu­able as­set to the com­mu­nity,” said Ripon Coun­cil­man Michael Res­tuc­cia at Tues­day’s monthly meet­ing. “He’s hon­or­able and a good per­son.”

Van Unen con­tacted po­lice Chief Ed Or­monde in July of a unique op­por­tu­nity

in­volv­ing two dozen or so lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

In a very short time, they were able col­lect $51,650, sur­pass­ing the goal of $51,000.

It was Van Unen’s aware­ness of the aging pa­trol fleet, keep­ing with the de­part­ment’s strat­egy and im­ple­men­ta­tion for re­plac­ing its cur­rent ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to Or­monde.

“I hope we’re care­ful how we spread out the pur­chases (of pa­trol cars),” said Coun­cil­man Leo Zu­ber, point­ing out that six of the cur­rent aging ve­hi­cles were bought in 2004.

This year, po­lice have al­ready pur­chased three pa­trol units.

Plans call for the ve­hi­cle made pos­si­ble from the re­cent do­na­tion will be an ad­di­tion to any planned fu­ture pur­chases. “(It) would not sup­plant any of the City’s sched­uled pur­chases,” Or­monde said.

The City would also be re­spon­si­ble for the ex­pense of rou­tine main­te­nance and up­keep of this ve­hi­cle.

PO­LICE

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