GPD looks to replace 12 cars

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Police Department is bracing to spend more than $350,000 on 12 new vehicles.

Two of the vehicles are replacing those that have been totaled in recent weeks because of weather-related incidents; the other 10 would replace old models to keep the fleet up to date, Chief John Jester said.

“The ones we’re trying to replace, the majority of them are 2007 or older,” Jester told the city’s Board of Works Tuesday. “Most of them have in excess of 100,000 miles on them.”

The board gave Jester approval to move forward with the purchasing process and to take his request to the city council. Jester is hoping to use Local Option Income Tax funds – money set aside specifically for public safety purchases – for the 10 replacement vehicles.

“It’s going to hinge on council approval,” Jester said after the meeting. “Hopefully I will have the LOIT paperwork ready for the next council meeting (Feb. 12).”

There are 43 vehicles in the GPD fleet. Jester said the old Ford Crown Victorias will likely be replaced with seven Chevy Tahoes and three Dodge Chargers.

The Tahoes – sport-utility vehicles – will be used by those who carry extra equipment around, Jester said. The department already has two Tahoes in its fleet.

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