At the start of 2012, the Washington Township Police Department requested four new vehicles to add and supplement to its current fleet.
Due to budgetary constraints, the township committee approved the purchase of two vehicles. Those vehicles are different however than their comrades within the fleet.
Because the Ford Crown Victoria–a staple in the police vehicle industry–went out of distribution, the police department needed to buy two Cheverolet Caprice vehicles.
One of the vehicles is currently on Washington Township roadways and the other is nearly complete, being outfitted and prepared at the Department of Public Works.
The vehicles were originally expected to be ready in July 2012, but due to high demand, were not delivered to the police department until October, Lt. Mark Niemynski said.
Each vehicle cost $25,494 with an emergency equipment package adding approximately $7,500. The new vehicles are painted black with silver lettering, unlike the navy blue Crown Victorias that make up the remainder of the fleet.
Have you seen the new patrol cars? What do you think of them?