It's tough to walk past the Cruz Bay police station and not shake your head in disbelief at the fleet of vehicles on display. Looks more like a new car dealership than a law enforcement facility. Well, a woman named Millin Maduro might agree.
She is the commissioner of Department of Property and Procurement. Maduro told the St. John Source she intends to reduce the number of government vehicles. At last count, the branches under her 'control' owned 1,622 vehicles, most of them sedans and SUVs. "There's a a lot of vehicles that aren't necessary," she told the Source, and her goal is to reduce the number by 20%. The savings in gasoline costs will be significant, she said. But, perhaps more important, her department may be better able to manage the vehicles and their deployment on government business.
So, while it appears St. John has a fine fleet of police cars, imagine folks' surprise when, near Nature's and the Creek, a couple of Segway-mounted officers cruised down the street. The rollers go for about $6,000 each.
The picture below was taken by Tom Larson, AKA the Barefoot Cowboy. (His eatery is in the Lumberyard and serves up a mighty fine experience. The Cowboy's Facebook page is here.)
"Seriously," added blogger No See Um. "When will the ever-growing pile of VIPD's moving vehicles and other moving things end? This is ridiculous."