Wheaton police vehicles change hands

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Out with the old, in with the new

The Wheaton police vehicle fleet looks a bit different, as the department recently sold one vehicle and purchased another.

Clint Danforth, Wheaton Police Chief, said the 2017 Dodge Charger recently sold for $2,551.

“All equipment from the Charger was taken out and kept by the Wheaton Police Department,” he said. “At this time, we don’t have use for that equipment, but not knowing if the vehicle would be purchased by another police department, we could risk selling it with the equipment and someone impersonating an officer.”

The department then purchased a 2016 Ford Explorer from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Explorer came fully equipped, and we bought it for about $6,000,” Danforth said. “We’re currently trying to find another officer who will then use that vehicle full-time, but for now, it will simply be used as backup.”

The Wheaton Police Department purchased a Ford Explorer about two years ago and has enjoyed it so far.

“They have more room,” Danforth said. “Our vehicles are our office for about eight hours a day, and the Chargers are small and uncomfortable. Also, the Chargers are not great for patrol in small towns.”

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