Rutland PD says Out with the Old, in with the New Squad Cars

By Christine Souders |

Published 05/20 2014 07:47PM

Updated 05/20 2014 07:54PM

RUTLAND, VT- Out with the old and in with the new.

The Rutland Police Department have new sets of wheels.

Three shiny new squad cars will replace the older Crown Victorias'.

"These vehicles will keep our officers far safer than the outgoing Crown Victorias', just simply because all the electronics on board that's now available to us," said John Sly, Staff Operations Officer with Rutland P.D.

Now equipped with added features, the new squad SUV's come with a rearview camera, lane assistance, and sensors all around the vehicle.

That's not all, in the old squad cars, officers transported people in custody in the front passenger seat in handcuffs. But the new patrol vehicles, the offender sits in the backseat's new prisoner transport caged system.

The Rutland Police Department is buying the new sets of wheels through a lease to own program at $29,000 dollars in three installments.

"In the old aquisition system that is just a little bit more than what a single vehicle would have cost us back before we went into the lease program," said Sly.

The vehicles are replaced every three years, and the used ones are sold.

This should eventually save money because of less maintenance.

"Save right now an estimated anywhere from $12 to $15,000 dollars a year of taxpayer money for our fleet program," said Sly.

He added having all of the new gadgets at their fingertips is helping on the job too, "They exceed all our expectations, and serving our community very well."

In July, Rutland P.D. is buying three more vehicles to replace the rest of the fleet.

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