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'Temporary facelift' for Inuvik police truck

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An Inuvik RCMP truck has received a striking, if shortlived, fresh coat of paint – thanks to local kids.

At the end of June, during the town's mud bog race – in which trucks compete through boggy pits – police allowed youth to redecorate a vehicle.

The campaign, entitled Chill with the Cops, is a product of RCMP Cst Stephanie Leduc and Cst Jenna Moore, working with the town's youth centre.

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Children were provided with washable paint to rebrand the truck however they liked.

In a news release, police said youth took to the task with such gusto "that even one Elder couldn't resist and joined in."

"One child, though, hesitated," RCMP said. "Standing next to Cst Leduc, she asked: 'Are you sure we can paint the truck? The cops are right there!'

"With a little encouragement, she joined the others with a big smile on her face."

RCMP say they're hoping to run at least one similar event in the town per month, "to strength the relationship between the youth and the police through different activities."

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Cabin Radio understands the truck has since returned to its usual livery.

Children paint a police truck in Inuvik

Children paint a police truck in Inuvik. Photo: RCMP