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FROZEN 5-0: WPD rolls out new ice cream truck

Updated: Apr. 11, 2018 at 1:38 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The latest addition to the Wilmington Police Department's fleet will likely turn a few heads in the coming weeks. FROZEN Five-0 is the department's new ice cream truck, part of their community policing initiative.

The truck is a refurbished van, outfitted with a freezer, lights, and music. Assistant Police Chief Jim Varrone said the truck will appear at events and make rounds through Wilmington neighborhoods giving out free ice cream.

"What we want to do is maybe post it a day or two before and say 'Hey, FROZEN Five-0 is going to be in these neighborhoods at these times.' So just to get a little excitement and let them know that it's coming," Varrone explained.

Varrone said he was inspired by an ice cream truck driver from his childhood who knew every kid in the neighborhood. He said after attending training, he learned that the Boston Police Department has had a truck of their own for years.

Varrone said while some are skeptical of the idea, he's received positive feedback from officers ready to take part in the initiative.

"It's another tool in the toolbox for us to interact with the community," he said. "So far the response has been good and I'm really curious as to how the community is going to respond. I'm praying that it's going to be great."

According to Varrone, the fleet had an old van due to be auctioned off. Instead, they purchased a freezer for the back and had the van redesigned for a total $1,900.

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