Stock photo of a Ford Explorer Cruiser
The HPD fleet has begun to show its age, and new cars are long overdue. These vehicles sometimes run almost around the clock 24/7 and somedays it seems like there are more cars on the repair line at DPW than actually running on the streets.
The lack of cars presents a real problem, particularly in the Patrol Division as officer's scramble and search at the beginning of their shifts to patrol the streets of Hartford.
Well, good news is on the way. Five new Ford police package Explorers have arrived and are being outfitted in Middletown at the company that sets the cruisers up with lights, sirens and al of the wiring for other electronic equipment on board.
It may not seem like much, but more vehicles are on order. Apparently the Connecticut State Police also have 250 vehicles waiting to be outfitted, so it will be a juggling act for vehicles coming in after the first five are outfitted.
New vehicles are typically rotated through the Command Staff vehicles and trickled down to patrol
But at least it appears there is a light at the end of the tunnel.