Kensington purchasing police vehicle
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.