Weston to get two new police cars

Weston PoliceThe Weston selectmen on Feb. 24 unanimously approved using $82,576 from the town’s vehicle sinking fund to purchase two new police vehicles.

The 2014 Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles are four-wheel-drive and will replace two high-mileage Crown Victoria police cars that will be decommissioned.

Police Chief John Troxell said when the new vehicles are ready, the other 10 vehicles in the department’s fleet will be rotated so that some patrol cars become sergeants’ cars, and some of the sergeants’ vehicles will in turn be used for training or site jobs (where the vehicles mainly sit on the side of the road while officers direct traffic).

Chief Troxell explained that in the past, the department has asked for vehicles to be replaced during the budget season, which means they cannot be ordered until the new fiscal year begins, after July 1. By that time, he said, many other larger districts have usually placed orders for vehicles, and so Weston goes to the “end of the line” and has to wait longer to have its police vehicles built.

“This year, we’re trying to get out in front of these larger departments,” Chief Troxell said.

Sgt. Mike Ferullo said the town will save a significant amount in maintenance costs by purchasing the new vehicles.

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