Township To Purchase 8 New Police Cars

The township committee passed a resolution last Thursday authorizing the purchase of eight new Ford Crown Victoria police cars. The price of the eight cars is not to exceed $185,135.60.The Voice asked Police Chief Rob Lawson why the police department needs to purchase new vehicles during these tough economic times. Chief Lawson answered that there is so much wear and tear on a police vehicle in the three years that it lasts that it is more cost efficient to purchase new ones. The Chief said that unlike State Police use vehicles are used to drive at steady speeds, the over 100,000 miles that a local police car logs in three years is mainly of the stop and go variety. Such use creates tremendous wear and tear on a vehicle despite the constant maintenance so that the repairs of the car would cost 1,000’s of dollars for new transmissions and engine repair. See full report in this week’s Voice Of Lakewood.

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  1. but the MSRP (which is always MORE than the actual purchase price) is 21,050 each and that equals 168,400! where's the extra 16,735.60 going? and who are they buying the cars from???

  2. Police cars come with beefed up transmissions and other heavy duty components, in addition to the modifications required for lightbars, radios, etc. I guess you prefer that the police should speed over to a break-in in progress at your home with a 2001 Toyota Tercel while holding a flashlight in one hand blinking it on and off. Most fleets replace their vehicles on a rotating basis every 2 years.

  3. Hey here's an idea! Why don't they just auction them off to the community. Take the money from the sale and use it to support the purchase of the new vehicles.
    Just stop and look around town, I bet you'll see alot of people driving around in an old police car anyway. Some of them even have lights and sirens still on them or added to them and I'll tell you I know for a fact that it isn't a Police Officer.
    I think I even saw a California Highway Patrol car at one time driving on Rt.9.

  4. Why is it that the brick police still have the grand marques from 10 years ago and lakewoods oldest is 3 years old when will the fbi finally stop lakewoods coruption

  5. As a aside what does the pd do with the guns when they get new ones. it would be nice if we can get first dibs on them and get a good deal, even a used up glock is a great dependable gun

  6. Part of the problem is that these cops never turn off their engines. They turn them on in the morning and turn them off at night, and they can direct traffic for hours with the cars just idling. Supposed reason is because theyt need to keep their equipment (lights, radio etc.) running without draining the battery. Whatever.

    In any event, this claim, if true, should give pause to anyone thinking of buying a used cop car. If the maintanance is too high for them, then it should be too high for the next purchaser as well.

    Supposedly Sher from Baltimore sells a lot of cop cars and maintains that they are worthwhile because they are built for the abuse that they take. This would seem to be contradicted by Lawson's claim. Unless they would be very high maintance the way cops drive and use them but not the way regular people do.

  7. I don't know where they buy them from. I'm not from Lakewood, but I'm sure there are public records on that.

    I've seen Brick police cars featured extensively on's Speeders videos, they don't look too shabby to me.

    I never bought a used police car for this reason. Sher USED to sell a lot of them. I beleive they were state police vehicles mostly with highway miles, not local cars.

  8. More corruption on the backs of the lakewood tax payer especially in these hard financial times I'm sure the fleet could hold out another year and it would be cheaper if they gave it to an honest mechanic to repair.

  9. What tax payers. Lakewood is full of Yeshiva students living in rented houses, 638 tax exempt properties and Mexicans who don't pay income or property taxes. The frum and Mexican communities will bleed Lakewood dry.

  10. anon 6pm is proof posotive of ignorance. I chalenge him to find me a home-owning regular yungerman who doesn't pay property tax.

  11. I take your challenge, and you will be sorry. By the way, the recent FBI sweep will open a lot of eyes, I'm sure. Looks like the FRUM was busy paying the Inspection Department.

  12. you are all wrong and all right .police cars are used up in a hurry.Lakewood has older cars that arn't used in patrol.Brick in the near future will have to buy way more than 8 new cars.The cars have prices set by the state and the dealers have to use those prices. As somebody else said do you want them to respond in old toyotas? The police try to help us in many ways and sometimes they catch us when we make mistakes give them a break.

  13. the national standard to remove patrol cars from regular service throughout the U.S. is 60,000 miles and a patrol car can easily put on 15,000-20,000 miles per year, so combine that with the beating these paticular patrol cars recieve on the streets of lakewood and the amount of engine hours they earn from running 8-16 hours per day, common sense would then dictate its not unreasonable for the lakewood police dept to request 8 new cars, or maybe next time you need them they can just take thier time because they have to drive gingerly so that they can get a few more years out of the patrol cars — further whoever said brick pd's patrol cars are 10 years old is retarded, go drive to brick's police station and take a look a their PI's, the regular duty cars range from brand new to 4 years old at most, anything older is used as spares and traffic control just like lakewood, lakewood saves some of the old cars for spares and directing traffic for special events or road construction

  14. To Anon 7:36, FYI: The inspector was a housing inspector who deals with rentals, not an inspector who deals with new construction. As your original comment was talking about property taxes and the average yungerman, the average yungerman deals with his own home and not rental units.
    As for the Brick PD, read the article in this week's Voice regarding Chief Lawson's conversation with the Brick Chief of Police who is replacing 20 cars this year after spending thousands on extra maintenance on his old cars over the past few years.
    As for the old cars they are always auctioned off and I am sure these will be no different.

  15. How come in ny citi they are getting impala's or hybrid altima's since its cheaper and less to maintainbut not in corrupt lakewood how can we steal more taxpayer dollars

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