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NYPD to Add Dodge Chargers to Fleet

August 23, 2006

NEW YORK – The New York Police Department (NYPD) has acquired 14 Dodge Chargers at a cost of $28,511 per car. The NYPD is testing new Dodge Chargers, with 5.7L engines that can hit up to 150 mph. The department’s 3,000-plus fleet is now dominated by Ford Crown Victorias and Chevrolet Impalas.

According to the NYPD, it is trying to diversify its fleet. “If you only have one or two makes and there’s a recall, it can really cause problems,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

“This is the last car I’m introducing to the NYPD,” said Leonard Lesko, director of NYPD Fleet Services, who is retiring in November. “The first car I brought in was the 1972 black, green, and white Plymouth Fury with no power steering or air conditioning.”

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