New ride

Kens­ing­ton pur­chas­ing po­lice ve­hi­cle

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY NANCY MACPHEE

Kens­ing­ton Po­lice will soon add a new ve­hi­cle to their fleet.

Town coun­cil ap­proved the pur­chase of a 2016 Dodge Charger for the de­part­ment.

Af­ter de­lib­er­at­ing at its June meet­ing on re­plac­ing the en­gine of the de­part­ment's 2010 Dodge Charger Po­lice In­ter­cep­tor, coun­cil de­cided to move for­ward with the pur­chase of a new ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice Chief Lewis Sutherland ob­tained prices, as well as quotes to trans­fer and in­stall the nec­es­sary po­lice equip­ment.

D. Alex MacDonald Ford's bid in­cludes prices for a Ford Taurus, $36,356 plus HST; and a Ford Ex­plorer, $30,756 plus HST; while Sum­mer­side Chrysler Dodge sub­mit­ted a bid with prices for a Dodge Du­rango, $32,300 plus HST; and the 2016 Charger AWD 5.7 litre hemi, $28,972 plus HST, the lat­ter ve­hi­cle that was ap­proved for pur­chase.

Town manger Ge­off Baker said the po­lice chief had ex­pressed a pref­er­ence that an SUV be pur­chased, cit­ing ex­treme win­ter driv­ing the past two years.

Baker said an av­er­age of 40,000 kilo­me­tres an­nu­ally are clocked on each of the town's two po­lice ve­hi­cles, which is why the fiveyear old cruiser had to be re­placed.

"(Po­lice ve­hi­cles) cer­tainly see more of a heav­ier use than a reg­u­lar ve­hi­cle," he added. "Peo­ple ex­pect vis­i­bil­ity around the com­mu­nity."

Retrofitting the new cruiser will cost $1,952.18, work that will be done by an out-of-prov­ince firm.

The new ve­hi­cle, the cost of which will come out of the po­lice de­part­ment's an­nual bud­get, should be de­liv­ered in 10 to 14 weeks.

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