Last updated: October 31. 2013 11:39PM - 3211 Views
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One of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department's two new Police Interceptor cruisers, which will go into service today, is pictured at the River Common.
One of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department's two new Police Interceptor cruisers, which will go into service today, is pictured at the River Common.
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WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Police Department has purchased two new state-of-the-art Police Interceptor cruisers.


The Ford cruisers, totaling $71,717.20, were purchased with drug enforcement and gaming funds, and were approved through Pennsylvania’s COSTARS purchasing program. Each cruiser features a laptop computer system, front end crash guard, and all-wheel-drive performance.


City officials want the public to know that the new Interceptors will be in use beginning today and that they have a different appearance than the current models used by the police department.


The new cruisers are a much needed improvement to the city’s vehicle fleet that will replace older models, Mayor Tom Leighton said in a press release issued Thursday.


“Public safety is my primary concern,” Leighton said. “The updated police cruisers will offer new technology and response efficiency that fosters our commitment to public safety.”

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