To Protect And To Scare

AIR-ONE police truck

Spotted this police truck on Madison Street in the Loop recently.  It’s intimidation factor is so over the top that I thought it was an improperly parked movie prop.  It turns out, it’s legit.

The “my police department can beat up your police department” vehicle isn’t part of Chicago’s police department.  It comes from the hamlet of Winthrop Harbor — the last town before the Wisconsin border.

It’s the home of the AIR-ONE Emergency Response Coalition.  It provides part-time helicopters and other expensive equipment to small police departments that can’t afford to have them full time.

What it was doing in the Loop is anyone’s guess.  But if I was driving it, I’d take a slow ride down LaSalle Street and watch the Occupy Chicago crowd fudge its collective Huggies.

Author: Editor

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