When North Strabane’s Police Chief Brian Hughes went to the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) conference in Chicago he had no idea that he’d bring back a remote control police car with him, but he did. Or at least the idea of one. He said one of the venders had the car and he thought it would be a fun extra aide for the district to have during assemblies at one of their elementary schools.
“The students of Borland Manor Elementary School, along with Wylandville, will benefit from PC The Patrol Car as we are settled in North Strabane Township. Our communities are lucky to have such great rapport with our local law enforcement agency." Principal McConnell said.
Chief Hughes simply had to fill out an application on 84 Lumber’s website for the $10,000 grant. It was a process but the car was worth it. The car has a number of special features including flashing lights, eyelids so it can wink and it even has a voice changer when Borland Manors Police Officer Lee speaks into it. The car’s battery is actually from a real car and the remote controls are from airplane controls. Officer Lee said that he painted the car himself and used a Cricut machine for the Police letters on the side. If he had sent it out to get painted it would have taken weeks to get it returned so he decided to just paint it himself.
Officer Lee seems to have already gotten the hang of using the remote control because once one of the Borland Manor classes came down to see the car he said, “This is my favorite thing that it can do.” and he had the car “pop a wheelie” to which the students responded “Do it again, do it again!”