Filling the gaps

Published 6:23 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2018

City of Pinehurst unveiled new equipment for high water rescues as the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey approaches. Pinehurst Police Chief Fred R. Hanauer III said the three quarter ton trucks and blazers the department received as well as two M10-78-A1 heavy Duty troop carriers and a military Humvee closed the gaps the city discovered during the historic rain event last year.

The equipment and the new SWAT team provide citizens with the same services larger entities provide. With an elementary school, serving 1,000 students, next door, the City of Pinehurst is ready to respond to an active shooter.

“May it never happen,” Hanauer said. “We want to be ready.”

The equipment valued at well over $254,000 was provided through Law Enforcement Support Office which allows transfer of excess Department of Defense property that might otherwise be destroyed to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories and at no cost to the citizens of Pinehurst other than transfer fees.