Editor's note: Township officials said Tuesday that the actual amount to be spent is $258,272 for the police vehicles -- not $310,152. The amount was incorrect on the resolution. For more details, see this story posted on Patch on July 17.
Middletown's governing body agreed to spend $310,152 for ten new police vehicles on Monday.
The two SUVs and eight sedans are from the 2013 Police Ford Interceptor line. The SUVs cost $25,940 each, and the sedans $25,799 each. They will be acquired throught Warnock Fleet and Leasing, Inc. of East Hanover.
The first Interceptors rolled off Chicago's assembly line in January, with features especially designed for the police vehicle market. They are engineered to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing and have multiple side curtain airbags to protect front and rear passengers from impact. Radar sensors in the rear detect vehicles in surrounding lanes. Rear view cameras and audible sensors alert the driver to certain objects up to six feet behind the vehicle. The seats backs are built with anti stab plates.
In June, Hazlet's governing body also approved the purchase of nine Ford Police Interceptors for its police department.
The Middletown Police Department is the largest municipal force in Monmouth County with 103 members, including 78 patrol officers.