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.”