East Orange, NJ, March 3, 2022: The City of East Orange Police Department introduced 26 new fleet to its inventory yesterday, with 24 expected to arrive by July. The 50 new vehicles will replace high mileage, outdated squad cars. Mayor Ted R. Green, with the support of Police Chief Phyllis Bindi, Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Amy Lewis, and the City Council approved the City’s purchase of vehicles to equip our officers with the most up-to-date tools and resources needed to adequately serve and protect the residents of East Orange.
“The fleet of updated vehicles will enhance police efficiency by providing our officers with safer, more reliable means of transportation,” said Mayor Green. “The outdated squad cars were highly prone to safety issues and high maintenance costs, which not only became a financial burden to our city, but it also put our officers at risk. Our number one priority is keeping the City of East Orange safe. When the citizens feel safe, this attracts visitors, new business, new residents, and encourages people to do more in our community.”
Chief Bindi thanked Mayor Green, Chairwoman Lewis and the Council for their partnership in facilitating the purchase of the new vehicles. “Administration and the legislative body upheld its commitment to invest in public safety initiatives and meet the needs of our ever-growing police department,” said Chief Bindi. “Even though our department has a record response rate, the added fleet will allow us to answer the call of service even more swiftly, offset lost patrol coverage due to vehicle maintenance and will become another tool in widening the net of safety that we provide the residents of East Orange.”