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Boardman Police to get new vehicle

January 8, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Dec. 30 meeting of the Boardman Township trustees, approval was given to purchase a new armored police vehicle at a cost of $225,000.

The new vehicle is actually a demo, according to Police Chief Todd Werth.

"We will be able to get this vehicle in a couple months," Werth said. "A new [ordered] vehicle would cost $70,000 more and would take a year to get delivered."

Currently the Boardman Police are using a 1998 Brink's armored truck that has been modified for police work. While it serves the purpose, Werth said it is not an efficient vehicle.

The new truck is coming from Lenco Armored Vehicles, and is designed for the road and to protect officers and the public. Werth said it can be used in raids, to evacuate citizens, and to insure the safety of officers.

"Our officers go on certain missions where a vehicle with this type of rating would provide protection," Werth said.

The full price of the vehicle will be coming from the Boardman Police Department's Narcotics Enforcement Unit. The funds are all seized assets involved in drug raids and illegal activity.

"We can only use these funds to buy certain police equipment," Werth said.

Boardman Fiscal Officer William Leicht told Werth at the meeting, "To keep making crime pay."

On a different matter, trustees approved the hiring of CT Consultants to provide engineering and construction management services for the West Huntington Drive, Phase 2 project which will run from Tippecanoe Road to Huntington, at a cost in the amount of $25,000. It is a continuation of the project that was funded earlier this year through an Ohio Public Works Commission Emergency Grant.



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