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How can Wilmington afford new Camaros and Mustangs as police cars?

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Wilmington police officer J.D. Smith stands next to his unmarked Ford Mustang in this 2006 StarNews file photo.

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.

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2 Responses to “ How can Wilmington afford new Camaros and Mustangs as police cars?”

  1. On May 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm Mark Raimo wrote:

    Being a city police car what could you possibly need the power that car offers in city cruising?. Not to mention I am sure the upkeep on those “sports cars” is far more then any regular police car.

  2. On December 15, 2011 at 1:20 am Scott Steiner wrote:

    The police department pays the city garage a flat rate to keep a vehicle serviced and repaired, so the upkeep is no more for the sports cars. Also, having plenty of horsepower is very important, even for city police cars, and besides, the Crown Vics have V-8′s, so are we really talking about that big of a difference?



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