New Hope Police to Start Leasing Squad Vehicles
The New Hope Police Department is changing the way it acquires police vehicles.
The city is switching to a leasing arrangement with Enterprise Fleet Management. The New Hope City Council unanimously approved the change at its June 28 meeting.
Under the agreement, New Hope police will lease eight Ford Explorer vehicles this year and six next year. The city’s central garage will continue to provide maintenance of the squads.
According to city estimates, the new agreement could save the city $328,500 over the next 15 years. The agreement avoids any termination, mileage or wear-and-tear penalties, officials said. It also allows for the flexibility of ownership and net equity from the sale of vehicles at the time of disposal. You can see the full discussion here.
Other police departments that have switched to leasing include Champlin, Hopkins and Stillwater.
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