For the last seven years, Thames Valley Police’s west Oxfordshire neighbourhood policing team has been fortunate enough to have use of a succession of Kubota RTVs.
Used daily in the Carterton area, the latest RTV X1110 model in camouflage livery has been a valuable asset for assisting with off-road patrols, tackling rural crime and dealing with anti-social behaviour.
“The RTV has been particularly useful when looking for missing people in remote areas and accessing off-road locations, where our usual vehicles simply wouldn’t be suitable,” explained sergeant Siobhan O’Hare. “Though it’s been equally as useful for general patrols in our towns and villages.”
West Oxfordshire’s neighbourhood policing team all agree that the RTV has been a particularly good talking point when engaging with the public.
“Most members of the public had no idea what an RTV was,” said sergeant O’Hare.
The RTV X1110 has also been used to full effect to illustrate Thames Valley’s breadth of specialist transport when attending shows and fetes across the region. Four-wheel drive, bench seat and load bed are all attributes that received praise.
“With so much practicality, it really has been a game changer in many ways,” said sergeant O’Hare. “The Kubota’s off-road capability has been hugely effective, and having a fully-glazed and heated cab during the cold and often wet winter months has been appreciated by all who used it.”
“We’re sorry to see it go, and would like to thank Kubota for its support, and the use of its highly capable RTV’s,” she said.