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October 17, 2013

New police Interceptor getting good reviews

By Bera Dunau STAFF WRITER
Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Cooperstown Police Department has a new police car, and the reviews are good.

“It’s everything that I thought it would be,” said Jim Cox, an officer in the Cooperstown Police Department. “Everybody I think that’s driven it has loved it.”

The car was put into service two weeks ago. The process that led to its purchase, however, began last year, when the department began working on this year’s budget.

Cox said that every two years the police department tends to replace a vehicle, because by that time, a police vehicle will have around 100,000 miles on it.

“They start becoming very expensive to maintain,” said Cox.

Cox said that the department began looking at the vehicles that could be purchased under state contract from Van Bortel Ford.

Van Bortel sent them a menu of options, which allowed the department to pick what model of vehicle they wanted, and what options they wanted to be included.

One of the options that was deemed essential was all wheel drive.

“Winters here are not the best,” said Covert. “Having an all wheel drive car is a big pro.”

The vehicle that the department chose was a 2013 Ford Interceptor Sedan, the police equivalent of a Ford Taurus.

“I wanted something a little bit smaller for the village summertime use, (and for) fall and spring,” said Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert.

After they selected the car, Covert went to the village board to seek their approval.

“It’s a long, lengthy process,” said Covert, who said that the request first had to go through the public safety and finance committees and that the board also selected what features they wanted to go with and what contractor they wanted to use to finish the car, in consultation with the department.

As part of approving the purchase, the village board instructed the department to purchase the car with an EcoBoost V6 engine, as opposed to the factory engine.

“It’s supposed to have the best fuel economy of all the new police cars,” said Cox, in explaining why the board asked for the EcoBoost.

The department’s final specifications were sent to the dealer, which relayed them to Ford. Ford then assembled the requested vehicle.

After the vehicle was delivered, the department sent it out to JPJ Electronics in Yorkville to install the lights, prisoner cage and other modifications needed to ready it for service.

The total cost of the new car is $34,022.97. The Cooperstown Police Department now has two active vehicles in its fleet; the new Ford Interceptor and a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

The vehicle the Interceptor replaced, a Durango SUV, is being stripped, after which it will be turned over to the village highway department.