The Wilmington Police Department has three Camaros and five Mustangs in its fleet, according to Lucy Crockett, the department’s public affairs officer.
The cars are used primarily by the traffic unit, she said in an email.
“The vehicles in question were purchased on competitive bids and were in the same price range as our other fleet vehicles,” Crockett stated, adding that before after-market equipment was added that totaled about $24,000 to $26,000 each.
“Fleet vehicles for police use are base models, not the high-end models with leather seats, deluxe trim, etc.,” Crockett said. “The exception is that ‘police package’ vehicles usually are equipped with high-output alternators and modified suspension.”
The Camaros were purchased in 2010 and the Mustangs were bought from 2006 to 2008. The department solicited competitive bids or state contracts, Crockett said.
“Many law enforcement agencies throughout the country purchase nontraditional vehicles for specific purposes,” she said. “They’re not as readily noticeable as, for example, Crown Vics and Chargers. It’s easier to blend in to the flow of traffic without necessarily being recognized as law enforcement.”
The vehicles are all purchased through the city of Wilmington’s Fleet Services, Crockett added.
Date posted: May 2, 2011
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