MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — It’s loud, it’s fast and you don’t ever want to see this thing lit up in your rear view mirror.
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office recently received a 2016 Dodge Charger from Marquette Township, as part of a contract the two have with each other.
“We fund through the general fund an additional 80 hours of police protection here in the township for the residents specially within the boundaries of Marquette Township,” said Randy Girard, Marquette Township Manager. “It’s a big township, 52 square miles, so there’s a lot of road to cover.”
“We have a great working relationship with Marquette Township,” said Marquette County Undersheriff Mike Klein. “They pay for this vehicle for us to have. It’s a proud moment for them and for us. It’s a very sharp car and yes it has a Hemi.”
The new police car is designed to look a little different than the other patrol cars the county has.
“It’s marked differently than the rest of the sheriff’s patrol cars. It has orange striping on it that corresponds with our fire department’s colors,” said Girard. “That identifies it as the Marquette Township Patrol Car.”
“We’ve only had it for about a week now. We’ve put about 700 miles on it so far,” said Marquette County Deputy Dewayne Ward.
“We’ve had these cars in our inventory for about a year or two now and we haven’t had any issues with them. I think the Dodge (Charger) is going to be a very good machine for the sheriff’s office,” Ward added.
Officers will use the vehicle until it gets between 80 and 100,000 miles on it. Then, the Township takes the police car back and for good reason.
“What we’ve done historically is we take the old vehicle that’s being replaced back and we use that as a car to generate traffic back and forth to Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids or meetings around town,” said Girard.
“That has saved us over the last two years about $15,000 in mileage that we would have paid for personal vehicles,” he added.
The Township buys a new patrol car about every two years.