Derry police are also ready for a new look. At a recent budget workshop, police Chief Edward Garone said the Interceptor was a good choice.
“Every year, we roll our fleet over,” Garone said. “We try to switch when mileage gets too high.”
Derry’s new fleet would also be acquired through a three-year lease program with three annual payments of approximately $117,000.
Garone said Derry’s department would follow Londonderry to monitor its new fleet and how well it serves police in that community.
“We are watching that closely to see how they are setting them up,” Garone said. “We will be looking and learning from those departments around us.”
Derry Town Councilor Mark Osborne asked what would happen if police kept their fleet for another year. Garone said the mileage is high on the vehicles and that puts officers’ safety and work at risk.
“There are risks to officers at high speeds,” Garone said. “I’d rather not take that risk. These cars are all over town and I’m concerned about stress fractures that could happen over time and mileage.”
Chief Financial Officer Frank Childs said the police lease plan is built into the budget to help keep the fleet current. Waiting any longer could cost more in car repairs.
“The three-year plan has been the best way to go,” Childs said.
Hart said bringing the Interceptor on board was a good choice for Londonderry.
“It made a heck of a lot of sense for us,” he said. “They have more storage, better for the officers. It’s a sharp car.”