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Posted on: July 17, 2023

New Police Car Update

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Upper Providence Township Police Department is happy to announce the arrival of a new 2022 Dodge Durango Pursuit patrol vehicle that replaced an aging 2014 police cruiser. The new car was completely upfitted to meet critical operational needs.

“It is very important for the Township to supply its patrol officers with equipment able to function in an emergency capacity with no question on the vehicles operating condition”, Chief Dave Montella said.   

Under the leadership of the members Council’s Public Safety Committee, Elgin Akarsoy, Marsha Peterson, and Christen Rexing, the purchase of the new police car was approved, and it was made possible by a grant in the amount of $48,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).  “As a Council member and Chair of the Public Safety Committee, I have the responsibility to enhance the safety and security of the residents in Upper Providence Township.”, Marsha Petersen said. “In 2021, Upper Providence Township was recognized as one of the top five safest communities in Pennsylvania. I am thrilled about the purchase of the new police car as it will support continued safety throughout Upper Providence Township in 2023 and beyond.”

Upper Providence Township Police Department received additional grant funds of $178,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency which are being used to provide body cameras, software, and necessary hardware improvements to increase efficiency, improve overall process standardization, and incorporate collaborative enforcement and engagement efforts within Upper Providence Township.

“Grants are a great way for Upper Providence Township to receive funding beyond the limits of our operational budget and help finance a broad range of services, including public safety.”, Elgin Akarsoy said. “So, I am very excited that with the help of the DCED grant, we were able to get a new car for our Police Department. I would also like to thank State Senator Tim Kearney and State Representative Jenn O’Mara once again for their support and leadership securing these grant funds.” 

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