ERVING – Following the cancellation of a new cruiser that was tasked to replace a cruiser that was involved in an accident in total, Erving instead gets the province’s first all-electric police vehicle.
Last week, the Selectboard declared a 2019 Dodge Charger as surplus and signed the vehicle’s title deed to the city’s insurance company. The cruiser was damaged in a crash in August in which four people were slightly injured.
To replace this cruiser, the city planned to order a 2023 Ford Interceptor, a hybrid vehicle, but Selectboard chairman Jacob Smith said the city may have to wait until “mid to late 2024” to place the order. receive. After speaking with city officials and MHQ, one of the largest public vehicle suppliers, Smith said the city could order an all-electric 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
“As a green community, we’ve been looking at things in that direction and the hybrid SUVs are something that we now have two or three of and are happy with,” Smith noted.
The plan, Smith said, is for Police Chief Robert Holst to use the Mach-E as his administrative vehicle. Its current Ford hybrid SUV will be equipped as a patrol vehicle to replace the total one.
“We can understand how it’s performing, how it’s charging,” Smith said. “This is all new, just like the hybrids when we first did them.”
Smith said MHQ was offering the Mach-E to the city for the same price as the 2023 Ford Interceptor, which Holst says is a good deal.
“We saved money this way,” said Holst. “I think the original was $57,000 that (City Governor) Bryan (Smith) signed; this came out to $53,000.”
Holst said he believes it will be the first all-electric police vehicle in Franklin County and one of the few in all of western Massachusetts. In May, the city of Easthampton announced it would purchase two Tesla Model Y electric vehicles that police will use in its traffic bureau and its administrative or detective division.
Deerfield Police Chief and Chief of the Franklin County Police Chiefs Association John Paciorek Jr. confirmed that Erving will be the first department in the province with an all-electric vehicle, which is “great news”. Paciorek added that the “vast majority” of local branches have switched to hybrid cruisers, even though the production times and prices of these vehicles are higher than he has ever seen.
“It takes 12 to 18 months from order to delivery,” Paciorek wrote in an email, “and from 2022 to 2023, the base price will increase by more than $8,000. Never in my 28-year career could I have imagined that I would pay more than $60 for an equipped police cruiser.
Erving’s Mach-E will be ready for pick-up in early to mid-October, but fitting out lights and equipment may take a little longer.
In other police-related cases, juror William Bembury asked Holst to look into defensive driving training after the accident. The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) offers a driving simulation that cities can request. keep residents safe.
City administrator Bryan Smith said that if Erving continues the training, the fire and highway departments will be invited to participate, along with neighboring cities.
Holst said he will investigate, but emphasized that his officer was doing “everything according to policy and according to his training”.
“It was just that, an accident,” Holst said. “It was not reckless behavior.”
Chris Larabee can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4081.