New Cop Cars Ready for Long Valley Roads

Two vehicles purchased in 2012 different color, model than rest of fleet.

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?

Brian January 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Better yet, split up the 2 geographic regions by having 2 municipal governments and shared police and EMS services. Tax dollars forms the Valley stay in the valley, and tax dollars from the mountain stay on the mountain. The borough of Long Valley and the borough of Schooley's mountain. Fairview divides the 2. Now how many people are gunna jump at this comment!?
Brian January 10, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Oh, and I agree with everyone. Waste of money. They patrolled all 44 square miles with their crown vic's just fine.
Liberty January 13, 2013 at 03:36 PM
OMG! Sometimes reading the Patch comments is like listening in on a Kindergarten class! Everyone take a time-out in their respective corners of Washington Township!
jesscott January 29, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I'll jump on it. It's stupid. Now that's done with.
jesscott January 29, 2013 at 07:57 PM
The armed tax collectors...er....excuse me.....police department needs new vehicles. They rack up hundreds of thousands of miles in short periods of time. I have no issue with new cars, small price to pay to keep the revenue generation...er...um....township current.


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