By Rosalie Chan
August 2, 2016

The Boston Police Department has added an ice cream truck to its patrol fleet, to hand out free ice cream as part of a community policing initiative.

The ice cream truck, decorated with balloons and Boston police decals, was unveiled Monday by Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans. The truck will be used in “Operation Hoodsie Cup,” which has given over 120,000 free ice cream cups to thousands of children in the community since it launched in 2010.

The Boston Police Foundation bought the $89,000 truck, and HP Hood, a local dairy company, donated the ice cream, AP reports.

“I absolutely love the new truck and everything this program represents,” Evans said in a statement. “The good will it generates between my officers and our city’s young people is undeniable and nothing short of remarkable, and my only regret is that I wish we had started doing this 30 years ago.”

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