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Bennington police get new cruiser, helped by longtime resident

  • The Bennington Police Department recently took delivery on a new police cruiser. Longtime resident Keith Nason, the CEO of Global Public Safety, LLC, helped get the town a new cruiser faster than normal, and at a cost savings of at least $8,000 to $10,000. Courtesy photo—

  • The Bennington Police Department recently took delivery on a new police cruiser. Longtime resident Keith Nason, the CEO of Global Public Safety, LLC, helped get the town a new cruiser faster than normal, and at a cost savings of at least $8,000 to $10,000. Courtesy photo—

  • The Bennington Police Department recently took delivery on a new police cruiser. Longtime resident Keith Nason, the CEO of Global Public Safety, LLC, helped get the town a new cruiser faster than normal, and at a cost savings of at least $8,000 to $10,000. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, April 12, 2019 6:23PM

The Bennington Police Department’s police cruiser fleet has returned to full force thanks to the help of a longtime resident.

Police Chief Bret Sullivan said the police department took delivery of a fully-loaded 2019 Ford Explorer on Friday, an expedited process due to Bennington resident and Global Public Safety LLC President and CEO Keith Nason. 

“It’s great for the town, to have someone in town that can help out and get things done at the rate he was able to do it at,” Sullivan said. “We would still be waiting if it wasn’t for him.”

In addition to speeding up the process of bringing in a new cruiser, Sullivan said Nason was able to save the town at least $8,000 to $10,000 in outfitting costs, as the vehicle needed all new police equipment. 

“Normally it takes a few months to get everything together and this took a matter of weeks,” Sullivan said. 

The town’s 2013 Ford Explorer cruiser was taken out of service after the timing chain on the engine broke, causing the engine to blow up, Sullivan said. 

“We were trying to get it through this year,” Sullivan said. “That was my goal and it didn’t happen.”

With a price tag of around $7,000 for the engine alone, Sullivan said the decision was made to purchase a new police cruiser for the town.

Nason, who also serves as the town’s deputy fire chief and emergency management director, reached out to help get a new cruiser for the town. 

“We had to replace everything new as nothing old would fit,” Sullivan said. “That was part of the savings from Keith.” 

A post on the town’s Facebook page said the new cruiser has been outfitted with all the "bells and whistles for lighting and safety features” around 70 percent below market price.

Taxpayers will be paying less for the upgraded features than the standard lighting and safety package costs would cost at full price because of the cost savings, the post said.

Sullivan said he isn’t sure how much the bill from Nason will be. The base price of the vehicle is $29,255.30. 

The town of Bennington currently utilizes two police cruisers. The other cruiser was purchased in 2016. 

Sullivan said the department tries to run cruisers as long as they can. Cruisers are replaced with the use of a capital reserve fund. 

Not having the second cruiser in town was “a little taxing,” Sullivan said, because of scheduling all of the officers around one vehicle.

The scheduling was especially difficult during on-call shifts, Sullivan said. 

The new cruiser will be on the road after it is registered, according to Sullivan.