GLOVERSVILLE - The city Police Department has received both of its new 2012 Ford Police Interceptor cars that are specially designed to handle the rigors of police work.
The two new patrol cars are all-wheel drive and cost $22,717 each, plus an additional $6,000 each to outfit them for the needs and design of the department, Chief Donald VanDeusen said.
VanDeusen said the cars were purchased on a state contract based on the lowest bid.
The Leader-Herald/Levi Pascher
Officers Mike Shang, left, and Jonathan Silva are shown with the Gloversville Police Department’s two new 2012 Ford Police Interceptors on Thursday outside the police station on Frontage Road.
"These vehicles will be safer and more road-worthy for the officers," VanDeusen said. "The cars we use here will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that can put a lot of wear on a vehicle."
He said the cars will replace a 2003 Chevrolet Impala with 95,000 miles on it and a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria with 130,000 miles.
He also said one of the new cars will be used as a supervisor's car to limit the miles while the other will be on full patrol within the next couple of weeks.
He said the new cars come with a factory warranty for 100,000 miles, which will lower the cost of repairs for the department.
The cars are waiting to be installed with police computers that should arrive within the next couple of weeks, VanDeusen said.