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New Police Fleet to Roll Out in 2014

Jeff Garretson - July 15, 2014 11:58 am

Police Chief Brad Nelson (on left) and Master Patrol Officer Gary Hanus show off a new member of the fleet

Police Chief Brad Nelson (on left) and Master Patrol Officer Gary Hanus show off a new member of the fleet

Salina Police unveiled the new line of street cruisers approved by the City during a media conference Tuesday.

Chief Brad Nelson says the 8 new Ford Explorers will provide more room for officers and their gear – plus better traction.

“The all-wheel drive you almost have to have it,” he said.

“The rear-wheel drive vehicle is very tough in just about any amount of snow. W e were borrowing 4-wheel drives in the past.”

According to Chief Nelson, each unit is $27,000 with a cost of $9,000 per vehicle to equip it for police work.

A partition made of metal and plexiglass to protect officers from suspects seated in the back – along with cameras computers and the exterior light bar add to the packages price tag.

Chief Nelson explained the vehicles were purchased locally at Long McArthur Ford, while the detail work was also done in Salina. “We had some really good bids. The local Ford dealership won and we’re really impressed with them so far,” he commented.

Chief Nelson added his officers had a hand in designing the new white graphics on the black paint – with a tip of the hat to the formation of the Salina Police Department.

“That’s how long there’s been a Salina Police Department¬† since 1920,” he said.

“We did some research and they had City Marshalls before that – but the Salina Police Department was formed in 1920.”

According to the department, 1 of the new cruisers is on the street – while 4 more are in different stages of being modified for street duty.

Three more are on order and should be modified and rolled out by the end of the year.

Cade Cranston

July 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm

so where exactly does that $300,000 come from?

Fred Hanson

July 15, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Seat belt violations and DUI road blocks.

Gary Henderson

July 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Quit your whining crybabies. Salina has a great PD. Consider yourself lucky to live in such a peaceful town. This will let them do their jobs much better. If you don’t like it there move you bozos.

Chris Trostle

July 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Hopefully these new patrol vehicles hold up as well as the Crown Vics. Time will tell. Either way, I’m happy to see SPD get into some AWD SUV’s.

Fred Hanson

July 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

Hey Gary I think I recognize you from the police blotter or is it someone the resembles you? This town is no longer peaceful if you look back 30 years or more. The cops do not need suv’s and them purchasing them is a waste of taxpayer monies. Just maybe if 3/4’s of them would lose weight the could be comfortable in a regular police car. Besides all the cops do in this town is do dui lanes and seatbelt checks they could use vw’s to do that.

Gary Henderson

July 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm

(RE: Fred Hanson Posts) Obviously you are a racist and bigot from reading your posts all these years. Do you think you saw me on the police blotter simply because I am a black man? FYI I am a very educated and successful black man from Salina, KS. I keep in touch with my people there. I have always respected the SPD and always will. You on the other hand feel the need to criticize them and berate them. They do a good job , get over it. Just because your son is a druggie and got busted doesn’t make the SPD the villain. You should of done a better job of raising him instead of hanging out at the local bars all night cheating on your wife. You are nothing but a good ole boy redneck loser who is afraid to see anyone succeed unless they are of the white Anglo-Saxon descent. Good ole boys like you really wish life was like it was back in 1964. Keep dreaming redneck loser……people of all colors and ethnics will surpass “good ole boys” like you.

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