East Orange Police Department Updates Fleet With 26 New Vehicles
East Orange, NJ, March 4, 2022: The City of East Orange Police Departmentintroduced 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 The 50 new vehicles will replace high mileage, outdated squad cars.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, Chairman Christopher Awe 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 “The outdated squad cars were highly prone to safety issues and high maintenance costs, which not only became a financial burden to our city, but it also put our officers at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 fleet. “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 new 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.”
“It’s one thing to have the commitment, resolve, training and skill to protect and serve,” said City Council Chairman Awe, “It’s another to have the proper tools to support that effort. The acclaim and data affirm that our East Orange PD are committed and skilled at safeguarding our residents. Now we are ensuring they have the proper tools to perform their best on duty and do it safely. The leadership and support of Public Safety Chair Lewis is 2nd to none. The entire Council will continue to work collaboratively with our great Mayor and his administration to provide our community with resources that will dutifully enhance the quality of life.”