The Imperial County Sheriff's Office has a new albeit temporary addition to its search and rescue team — "The Patroller" — a multi-purpose amphibious vehicle.
On Monday, General Dynamics Land Systems, Imperial Valley sector presented the Sheriff's Office with the vehicle.
"We've coordinated with the sheriff's department as an opportunity for them to utilize the vehicle for the next couple of months and do an evaluation," said Buzz Glass, site manager for General Dynamics Land Systems.
"The Patroller" is part of an arsenal of vehicles manufactured nationwide by General Dynamics. The company builds and sells amphibious weapons systems to, among others, the U.S. Army, the Marines Corps and some international customers.
Presented to county Sheriff Harold Carter by Glass, the Sheriff's Office will use the vehicle for two months. After which Sheriff's officials will decide whether to enter into a lease agreement with General Dynamics to continue to use the vehicle.