FARMINGTON -- A $5,000 donation from Davis County Sheriff's Office to the Weber State University Police Academy will be made in the form of a vehicle.
The Davis County Sheriff's Office is donating one of its surplus emergency vehicles to the academy in Clearfield for training purposes. The 2009 Ford Explorer, with a value of about $5,000, will be presented to the WSU continuing education program rather than be sold at auction at a county surplus property sale,
The Davis County Commission approved the donation of the vehicle at its regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting.
"This is a good thing," Davis County Sheriff Chief Deputy Kevin Fielding told the commission.
The donated vehicle will be used for simulating traffic stops, Fielding said. On occasion, the police academy uses vehicles that do not run and have to be pushed into place for that purpose, he said.
Rather than sell one its surplus units, the sheriff's office opted to find better use for the vehicle at the police academy,
The sheriff's office said the academy regularly provides new hires for the department.
"We have quite a few people that come out of that academy," Fielding said.
Davis County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Susan Poulsen said the vehicle being donated is a surplus truck paramedic unit that has been "run into the ground" by the department.
But despite the age and wear on the donated vehicle, Poulsen said, the academy is apparently using even older, outdated vehicles for training.