$5,000 donated toward Rome Police armored vehicle


ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The City of Rome is one step closer to securing an armored vehicle.

Officials announced earlier this month that they were looking for a vehicle that's similar to Utica's armadillo to help reduce crime in the city.

After hearing about the city's plans, Beacon Federal Credit Union decided to help out by making a $5,000 donation to the cause. A check presentation was held Wednesday in front of the Rome City Courthouse.

Lawmakers say it shows the level of commitment Beacon has for its community.

"We've been part of the community since 1953," said Darren Crossett of Beacon Federal Credit Union. "It's important for us to participate in our community we do all sorts of these types of community development on an annual basis."

"This surveillance equipment will be the eyes and ears of the City of Rome," said Rome City Clerk Louise Glasso of the armored vehicle project.

Currently, the city of Rome is on a waiting list in two places, both Syracuse and Albany, for the vehicle.

Officials hope to secure a vehicle within the next couple months.

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