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El Centro donates squad car for IVC POST program

May 29, 2001

IMPERIAL — Students in the Peace Officer Standards and Training program at Imperial Valley College can get behind the wheel of a real police cruiser thanks to a donation from the city of El Centro.

Mary Kay Borchard, POST coordinator at IVC, said the cruiser will be used to give students "hands-on" training on campus.

"In the past students have had to use their own cars or police cars borrowed from local agencies for training," said Borchard.

"This has been successful and we greatly appreciate the assistance from our local law enforcement. However, having a vehicle on site will strengthen the program and give the students a greater sense of accountability and responsibility," she said.

The car will be used for officer training and will be maintained by the IVC automotive program.

Laurie Franks, director of purchasing and warehouse for IVC, was given the task of finding a vehicle for the program.

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Funds were allotted and a Valleywide search was conducted.

"The city of El Centro was able to accommodate our needs through a donation of a vehicle. This enabled us to use the budgeted funds for improvements to the vehicle and enhancements to the training program," said Franks.

She added, "The El Centro City Council and the city's director of administrative services, Phil Carr, should be commended for their foresight and vision."

According to Carr, the retired vehicle normally would be sent to auction.

"The timing was such that we had just received some new patrol vehicles. Since we had surplus vehicles, we were able to donate the 1997 (Ford) Crown Victoria," Carr said.

"We like to cooperate with all other public agencies. This is something we were happy to do for IVC," he added.

Individuals completing the POST program at IVC may become reserve officers or continue their training elsewhere to become full-fledged police officers.

Gilbert Dominguez, IVC president, said, "This is a fine example of cooperative efforts between public agencies. All parties involved in the process should be commended."

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