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Middletown Township OKs 10 New Police Vehicles

Middletown Township will spend $310,152 for ten 2013 Ford Interceptors to replace older models.

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.

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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.

mr sandyhook July 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Middletown has no money. Why are they buying 10 new cars then. Also why are they buying SUV's?
mike July 17, 2012 at 05:29 PM
This is how government wastes your money. They can't use the old cars until the depression is over?
dan July 17, 2012 at 06:34 PM
math doesn't work... wonder who's palm is getting greased with the extra 50K??
Bagodoughnuts July 17, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The 500g they saved on recycling is being blown on SUV's? That's a nice truck to take home! Why don't they lay off 5 policemen and save another 500g's to pay for it!they are only serving up bench warrants for other towns. According to the patch, which we make no money doing it!
Pilgrim July 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I wonder if Warnock Fleet 'wheeled' 50 grand into Middletown during last year's election. Will they 'wheel-in' another 50 grand for this years election? Who else bid on the request?
Pilgrim July 17, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Maybe $300,000 of the $438,000 taken from the public library funds? What is the mileage on the cars being turned in? Can the old cars be recycled?
Christina Johnson (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Thanks to Dan who clearly has great math skills, township officials contacted by Middletown Patch today said that the $310,152 on the official resolution was "a typo." The actual amount is $258,272. Read our follow-up story here: http://patch.com/A-whSJ . Thanks Dan -- and to everyone else who is contributing on Patch. We read it all.
ccb July 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM
If the Township has that much money maybe they can reimburse the library the money the Township took from them!!!

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