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Bernards Twp. Police Request 3 New SUVs

The Ford Interceptors would be purchased through state contract and cost $80,200.

The Ford Interceptor Utility vehicle. Credit: Ford.com
The Ford Interceptor Utility vehicle. Credit: Ford.com
The Bernards Township Committee will consider the the Police Chief's request to spend $80,200 on 3 new SUVS at its meeting Tuesday. 

The 2014 Ford Police Interceptor SUVs are specially outfitted for police use. The department has requested a special option to include rear view cameras. Two would be black and cost $26,591 each. The other would be "Kodiak Brown" and cost $27,018

The township CFO has certified that funds are available in the 2014 budget.
    
The vehicles would be purchased through the state contract and supplied by Beyer Ford of Morristown. 
BR Mom February 23, 2014 at 09:12 AM
I am completely against the number of unmarked police cars in our town. There is no need to buy a "brown" SUV. http://www.newsmax.com/Freind/Unmarked-Cars-Traffic-Stops/2012/05/18/id/439544
Sca D Villa Tina February 23, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I oppose unmarked and these new large SUV, this is the new Obamanomics, smaller is better. Ride likemthe rest of the population, conserve, save. Drive the Matrix, Fusion. The days of these SUV is over, who authorized the puchase. Think we should escalate this waste in spend. Get with new new world order of Obama Nomics, small electric smaller
Patty Purcell February 24, 2014 at 03:41 PM
This is Basking Ridge, not Newark! We need a couple of police people and a couple of POLICE CARS (not SUV) MARKED...get over yourselves!
MM February 26, 2014 at 01:29 PM
If you're not breaking any laws, then you won't have to worry about seeing the lights of a police car, marked or unmarked, in your rear view mirror. Secondly, a lot of folks in town drive SUVs. If an officer is trying to blend in and not be noticed by say, a burglar he's trying to catch, then an SUV is a perfect vehicle for him to be driving.
WQ March 01, 2014 at 12:06 AM
What most the angry taxpayers in this town don't know is that the police commandeered DPW SUVs during the past few storms because they couldn't respond with the regular cruisers they have... $80,000 is nothing in the scheme of things, especially when it makes our citizens more safe. The police in our town do more than anyone realizes. As for the unmarked vehicles: If you aren't driving like an asshole, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Police aren't obligated to give you a warning as to when they're going to pull you over.

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