CPPD to get 4 new flex-fuel squad cars
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org March 26, 2013 10:48AM
Updated: March 26, 2013 12:04PM
CROWN POINT — Police Chief Pete Land was authorized by the Board of Public Works and Safety on March 13 to purchase two Fords from Art Hill Ford and two Dodges from Thomas Dodge.
They were two of eight dealerships that bid to sell new police cars to the city. The total cost will be $103,440 for the four vehicles.
According to Land, all will be flex-fuel vehicles and this will allow the city to utilize a Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission matching grant. Mayor Dave Land said that the grant means 80 percent of the purhcase is paid by the federal government and 20 percent by the city and is authorized to the year 2015.
The new Family Express being built at Indiana Avenue and North Street will allow the city to purchase flex fuel closer to home.
Land also said, “The cars will all be black and whites for patrol.”
Councilman Bob Clemons asked, “Why do we mix-match Dodges and Fords?”
According to Land, the Fords are all-wheel drive vehicles, which are needed in this area depending on the weather.
Clemons also wanted to know if four vehicles were enough. Land told him that they have purchased up to seven in a year. This allows the chief to ask for more vehicles if an emergency arises during the rest of the year.
That happened a few years ago when a police car was totally destroyed and had to be replaced. The insurance did eventually reimburse the fund, but by leaving some money in reserve the city was able to replace the vehicle immediately.
Land also told the board that eventually the city would need an additional K-9 equipped vehicle to service the third K-9 the Police Department is purchasing with donated funds.