Bellefonte’s police to add used cruiser to vehicle fleet

BELLEFONTE — The Borough of Bellefonte is getting a new police cruiser.

Well, sort of.

At Monday night’s borough council meeting, Sgt. Jason Brower spoke to council about the purchase of a used police cruiser. The vehicle is a 2012 Chevy Impala. The used cruiser was found on Municibid.com.

Brower said that it was necessary to add to the police department’s fleet of vehicles.

“We’ve been trying to assign vehicles out to certain officers to reduce maintenance costs,” Brower explained. “It helps with accountability.”

According to Brower, the borough’s fleet of police cruisers are a mix of makes and models.

“Our fleet isn’t terribly old,” Brower said. “It’s kind of split right now. We have a couple of cars that are under 50,000 and we have probably five cars that are over 50,000. I am trying to keep two people per vehicle. That helps keep mileage down which helps them run a little longer.”

The Impala, Brower said, will come completely equipped. It has approximately 57,000 miles on it.

“It has everything. It has the light bars and all the cages and partitions that we need. It’s a black and white vehicle … very, very close to our paint scheme, so it won’t cost me much to outfit that to match our black and white vehicles,” Brower said.

The only problem with the vehicle, Brower said, is that the vehicle’s air conditioning system is faulty. However, he believes that will be a relatively easy repair.

“It’s not a horrible expense and with the money that council gave us this year, I have plenty of money built in to fix that,” Brower noted.

Council put $17,000 into the borough’s budget for the vehicle expense. At $7,100, there is plenty leftover to dress up the vehicle and make any necessary repairs.

“We have plenty of room in (the budget) to do the repairs, update the graphics to match our vehicles and we’ll still be way under budget,” Brower said.

Borough council will meet again at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 in council chambers.


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