New Haven PD adding new patrol cars

- FILE - New Haven Police Cruiser (WTNH / Renee Chmiel)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The New Haven Police Department (NHPD) is adding new patrol cars to the fleet.

Thirteen Dodge Chargers were delivered last week, with three more on the way, and are scheduled to begin their customization in the coming weeks. The cars will be equipped with electronics, radios, audio components, computers, prisoner dividers and graphics but will require specific attention before they are ready to hit the roads.

Police say the garage staff, though capable, will be faced with a challenge to install the newer required computer hardware and maintaining an aging fleet due to the lower number of personnel than the past few years.

The police fleet has 349 vehicles including about 130 marked patrol, traffic and patrol support vehicles, detective division cars, laboratory and forensic vehicles, Police Academy & administration cars as well as vans, SUVs and heavy-duty trucks assigned to the Bomb Squad, SWAT, Underwater Search & Recovery, Hostage Negotiation, Canine and Command & Control field operations.

The sixteen new cars will all be assigned to the uniformed patrol division and will replace vehicles that will be reassigned to tasks less challenging.

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