Chatham-Kent police cruiser buy boosted by crashes

Chatham-Kent police are buying a few more police vehicles than usual due to collisions, the chief says.

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At its monthly meeting Nov. 15, the police services board approved the purchase of 10 new 2024 Dodge Durango vehicles, at cost of about $54,400 each, plus a $24,000 equipment package, for a total of $78,400 apiece.

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Board chairperson Pat Weaver asked why 10 vehicles were needed when the service usually replaces eight vehicles a year.

Chief Gary Conn explained that two cruisers were “completely written off” this year after crashes in which officers were not at fault.

The other purchases follow the established pattern of replacing vehicles after three years or 150,000 kilometers, he said.

The new vehicles will be used for front-line general patrol and patrol support duties, he added.

The service buys the vehicles at a discount through the Provincial Police Co-operative Group, and the cost is covered as part of the service’s life-cycle budget.

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