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BY JOSH PRESLEY
Citizens traveling in West Point may notice a trio of brand new police cruisers patroling the streets some time next week.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the cruisers, which will be used for general control purposes, were ordered in January and delivered this week. Radios will be installed in the cruisers within the next week, and then theyâ€™ll be ready to go, according to Brinkley.
He said the cruisers cost $71,550 altogether, with an additional $10,386 to outfit the cars with additional equipment such as blue lights, sirens and special dashboard consoles.
â€śThe cars are flex-fuel interceptor crossover vehicles that are a lot lighter and more fuel efficient,â€ť Brinkley said. â€śTheyâ€™re built on a Ford Taurus frame and specially made for law enforcement use.â€ť
He said West Point Police Department has needed new cars for a while now, and these three cruisers represent the beginning of where the department needs to be.
â€śMost of the vehicles in our fleet are aging, and weâ€™re spending a lot of money on maintenance,â€ť Brinkley said. â€śWe have a lot of vehicles that have such a high number of miles on them that weâ€™re having a hard time keeping them in service.â€ť
He said police cruisers arenâ€™t like dump trucks and other municipal vehicles which can last decades. Officers put a lot of miles on their vehicles, and the cars incur a lot of rugged use, according to Brinkley.
â€śPolice cars arenâ€™t like regular street cars,â€ť he said. â€śTheyâ€™re outfitted with more powerful motors, transmissions and heavy-duty rear ends.â€ť
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