FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Police Department will soon have three replacement police vehicles after the Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the vehicles at its Jan. 24 meeting.
Chief of Police George Sippert presented the agenda item, saying the three vehicles will be marked patrol units to be used by uniformed personnel. Sippert requested three 2010 Ford Crown Victorias, and the monies for these three cars are not coming from the 2011 police budget but from the 2010 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG).
“These grant funds can only be used for specific items and cannot be used to supplant budgeted items,” Sippert said. “These vehicles fall into the acceptable category. The total dol- lar amount for these purchases and changeover costs is $65,244.”
The three new vehicles will replace three older Crown Victorias that are currently part of the department’s fleet and will be retired. The older vehicles have high mileage and maintenance costs have become an issue said Sippert. He recommended that the police department not deviate from past practice of purchasing Crown Victorias because the “purchase of another type of vehicle would be cost prohibitive.”
“Since the new vehicles match the make and model of the ones they are due to replace, no additional costs will be required for new after-market safety equipment found in each patrol unit,” he said.
The three listed vehicle prices are obtainable only through the Macomb County Bid, and keeps the bids in compliance with the purchasing policy of the Flint Township Police Department.