WPD adds ice cream truck to make a sweet impact to community

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police is adding a new vehicle to their fleet, an ice cream truck! It’s all in an effort to make a sweet impact in the community.

The refurbished work van, which was donated for the effort recently, under-went about $2,000 worth of upgrades, including decals that read “The Frozen Five-O”, a freezer and a loud speaker that plays music.

The idea for the truck was the vision of Assistant Police Chief Jim Varron

e. Varrone says he began thinking about his childhood and the neighborhood ice cream truck that visited his neighborhood.

“The neighborhood ice cream man, Charlie came to mind. I was always amazed at Charlie. Charlie knew all the kids, and most of their parents. He always looked out for the neighborhood kids. Charlie was highly regarded by the community because he took the time to get to know the kids. He truly cared. He even remembered birthdays” said Jim Varrone.

The idea was brought to the Wilmington Police Department as part of the agency’s on-going community relation campaign.

“We’re always going to have to arrest the bad guys out there,” Varrone said. “That’s never going to go away unfortunately, but we need to be able to capture our youth and have conversations and let them get to know us and let them get to know the people behind the badge. Let them know that we’re also there to protect them but also be their friends and help them.”

Varrone says the truck will only have pre-packaged ice cream but no soft serve.

Frozen Five-O will start up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

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