It’s not hard to miss the “Armadillo” or the “Badger” around town.
The 24-hour surveillance and nuisance control vehicles are not exactly subtle, but according to the Green Bay Police Department, that’s the point.
“We want it to be really, almost like a mobile billboard saying, ‘hey look, we understand that there’s a problem in this area, and we want everyone to know we’re addressing it,’ especially the people that are causing those problems,” Captain Jeremy Muraski told Local 5.
The Armadillo, which has been with the department since 2011, has just recently been moved to Quincy Street, where it’s a welcome sight for neighbors.
“It’s calmed down the neighborhood a lot,” Quincy Street resident Ron Sears said. “I mean, there Isn’t as much people and activity that’s going on in the neighborhood, it’s getting better.”
Sears added that he’s lived in in his current home for the past 17 years, and that crime has just recently increased in the neighborhood.
Capt. Muraski says it’s people in similar situations who often request the presence of the Armadillo or the Badger.
“The citizens will actually request it because they’re identifying there’s a lot of nonsense or criminal activity going on in their neighborhood,” he said, “which is what prompted us to bring the Badger on in the first place, because there were way more places that wanted it than the one Armadillo could actually satisfy.”
Captain Muraski added that while the cameras on top of either vehicle monitor the area they are placed in 24-7, the presence of the Badger or the Armadillo is usually enough to hinder some criminal activity.
“People that are doing criminal don’t want to be on film,” he said. “They want to be kind of, you know, more out of sight.”
Any Green Bay resident who would like to request the presence of either surveillance vehicle in their neighborhood can contact the Green Bay Police Department.