Middletown updating police vehicle fleet, including replacements for totaled cruisers

Two local communities are in the process of updating their public safety vehicle fleets.

Middletown City Council recently approved the purchase of a used 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LS for the Division of Police that will replace a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban that was confiscated on a drug seizure case in 2006.

Council approved spending $35,283 for the 2016 Tahoe.

According to a city staff report, the current vehicle has been repaired many times, and maintenance and repair costs continue to climb. The current vehicle will be sold through GovDeals.

Because the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is used, bidding was not an option in this case.

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The city is also in the process of replacing two police cruisers that were wrecked Feb. 28 when a suspect allegedly tried to flee by stealing a police cruiser that responded to the scene and striking another police cruiser.

Middletown spokesperson Shelby Quinlivan said the city was going to salvage some of the parts within the cruisers to use for the next ones. She said the city’s insurance carrier has already looked at the wrecked cruisers, which have been totaled.

Quinlivan said the city will have to replace them, but insurance should cover most of that cost. She said both cruisers were 2018 Ford Explorers and had less than 30,000 miles on them.

The cost for new cruisers with police upgrades will cost about $37,000 each.

City Council also recently approved the purchase of a new medic unit for the Division of Fire as well as equipment and a new Stryker power cot and associated equipment. The city planned to purchase a new unit in 2019 and had budgeted about $200,000.

The new Medix medic unit will be purchased from Penn Care of Niles for $144,657. It will replace the Medic 82 vehicle, which will become a reserve unit. The old reserve medic unit will be taken out of service and sold through GovDeals.

In addition to the cost of the vehicle, the city will spend $3,500 on a four-camera recording system, $1,956 for the medic’s graphics package, $5,954 on Fire/EMS equipment and $43,931.56 for the Stryker power load cot and associated equipment.

The city of Franklin is also purchasing two new police cruisers through the state contract as part of its vehicle rotation program.

Franklin police will be spending $24,907 for a 2019 Dodge Charger and $35,391 for a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe four-wheel drive.

Police Chief Russ Whitman said the Tahoe would be used as a K-9 vehicle. The total cost is $60,298 for the cruisers and $34,005 for equipment.

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