BELVIDERE – Employees at Chrysler Group's Belvidere Assembly Plant had a special escort Monday on their way to the Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry in Capron.
Leading the procession of Chrysler Group vehicles laden with food for Thanksgiving dinners was the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart police car, complete with overhead light bar and Belvidere Police Department logos.
The police department already patrols the community in a Dodge Charger Pursuit. Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble approached Chrysler Group with an idea – provide the Belvidere Police Department with a police vehicle made in the Belvidere AssemblyPlant.
"The Belvidere Police Department wanted to drive what's built in their town by their own citizens," said Peter Grady, vice president of Network Development & Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. "This was a terrific opportunity to support the Belvidere police and continue to foster our longtime partnership with this city and region."
The result is a unique built-in-Belvidere Dodge Dart police vehicle that the city will use for non-patrol tasks and ceremonial purposes. Grady notes that 20 percent of law enforcement fleet vehicles typically are non-patrol vehicles used by detectives, police administrators, and other police department personnel.
The annual Chrysler Group Thanksgiving Food Drive on Monday in partnership with the UAW, is part of the company's long-standing tradition of giving back to its local communities and will help local food pantries restock their shelves in time for Thanksgiving.
To complete the menu, The Chrysler Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chrysler Group, has purchased more than 1,500 frozen turkeys, which also will be distributed by the food pantries.