Police pull in to Kingman

Police officers traveling Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., to recognize 75 years of law enforcement of the road were in Kingman Tuesday and Wednesday visiting the Kingman police department.

KPD dispatcher Anita Perez, who serves as official ambassador for the department, met the group at Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs and escorted them into Kingman.

Perez drives the 1954 Chevrolet often seen parked in front of the KPD on Andy Devine Avenue.

The historic patrol car is called "Jingles" in recognition of the horse ridden by western movie star Andy Devine in his movie and television roles enforcing western law.

Devine grew up in Kingman where his father ran the Beale Hotel.

The police tour raised funds for the Washington, D.C.

Police Memorial by selling a poster picturing badges from along Route 66 and pins celebrating the 75th anniversary of the "Mother Road" as it was called in John Steinbeck's classic novel, "The Grapes of Wrath."

The police tour included a 1953 Ford patrol car and a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice patrol car.

The police said Route 66 has been a principal corridor for criminal activity since it opened in 1926 as the cross-country route from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Law enforcement continues to monitor traffic and trucking along the various interstates that have replaced Route 66.

Police Chief Larry Butler, and members of the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce hosted dinner for the visiting police.

After an overnight stay in Kingman, the tour stopped in Oatman and then crossed the Mojave Desert to arrive in Santa Monica, Calif., Saturday.