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NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE PROVIDE 28 CLEAN AIR PATROL VEHICLES TO TRENTON AND CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENTS
Trenton - Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco today handed the keys to 28 State Police patrol vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and fully-equipped with in-car camera systems, police radios and emergency lighting systems to the Trenton and Camden Police Departments during ceremonies at the Trenton Police Department.
"I am pleased that we are taking another step in protecting our environment. The 28 vehicles being transferred today from the State Police to the Trenton and Camden police departments run on compressed natural gas - one of the cleanest burning alternative fuels available," said the Acting Governor. "In addition to reducing exhaust emissions, these vehicles provide yet another benefit - almost $784,000 in local tax relief to the two cities."
Joining the Acting Governor at the presentation ceremonies were Attorney General John J. Farmer, Jr., Colonel Carson J. Dunbar, Jr., Superintendent of the State Police, Commissioner Jane Kenny of the Department of Community Affairs, Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer and Police Director James B. Golden, Camden County Prosecutor Lee Solomon, Camden Mayor Gwen Faison and Police Chief Robert Allenbach and Fred DeSanti, Vice-President of External Affairs for PSE&G.
Attorney General Farmer noted that the cars are being provided to augment community policing initiatives in the two cities and that the 14 vehicles each city is to receive will enhance the local police departments' ability to respond to citizen complaints, apprehend criminals and preserve law and order.
"Community policing is highly effective in maintaining law and order and strong ties to the community. I am pleased that we can enhance these communities' crime-fighting programs by providing new patrol vehicles," Farmer said.
Superintendent Dunbar said that the State Police has incorporated 22 CNG-powered Ford Crown Victoria vehicles into routine State Governmental Security Bureau patrol responsibilities throughout the state government complex in Trenton and that additional CNG vehicles are assigned to the Operational Dispatch Central Unit located at Division Headquarters in West Trenton.
Overall, state troopers and supervisors are satisfied with the CNG vehicle performance in the urban environment. As a result of State Police use of the CNG vehicles for urban patrol activities, Dunbar initiated a program designed to provide state vehicles free-of-charge to the financially-strapped urban cities of Camden and Trenton.
Community Affairs Commissioner Kenny said that, "Public Safety is a key factor in revitalizing our cities. Residents and merchants want to know that their families and businesses are well protected. These vehicles will add to the police presence in these two cities and give a real boost to our crime prevention efforts."
Additionally, PSE&G Vice-President DeSanti noted that PSE&G has completed arrangements with both the Trenton and Camden police departments to re-fuel the CNG vehicles.
Each vehicle was purchased at a per vehicle cost of $19,734. State Police automobile technicians equipped each with radio systems ($2,564), Mobile Video Recorders ($3,300) and police lighting and equipment (2,459).