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WPPD to get new cars, officers

March 13, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department was the receiver of good news during the West Point Board of Selectmen’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday at City Hall. Selectmen authorized the hire of four new WPPD patrol officers, as well as the purchase of three new police patrol vehicles and two unmarked cars for criminal investigators.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said during Tuesday’s meeting a number of the department’s vehicle’s have long since served their time. Brinkley said the department has worked to secure new vehicles for a couple of years.
“One of the cars, I think, is terribly old — way over 100,000 miles,” Brinkley said. “Some of them are close to 200,000 miles.”
Brinkley said three of vehicles currently in use are 2005 Crown Victoria models, as well as a 2003 model and a 2001 model.
“What we spent on maintenance last year, we probably could have bought two cars,” Brinkley said. “We think that these five will get us by if we do them on a lease purchase for at least three years.”
Brinkley said that it was a bullet on his agenda to request that the board declare five of the to-be-replaced vehicles as surplus property for expedited disposal.
“ ... When the new (vehicles) come in, we can dispose of the (old ones) immediately,” Brinkley said.
Selectmen requested an expected delivery date for the vehicles, to which Brinkley said three months. However, Brinkley added it was possible the vehicles would be delivered sooner than that.
The cost of all five vehicles, according to Brinkley, is less than $150,000.
Brinkley said in an interview Wednesday that although Ford has discontinued the Crown Victoria model of vehicle, the department was looking at a model called the “Police Interceptor.” Brinkley added the vehicles are “more likely” going to be 2015 models.
“These cars should come fully fitted with the police package — an upgraded police engine for pursuits, lights and graphics,” Brinkley said. “The only thing we’ll have to do with them is put a police radio in them.”

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