GOULDSBORO — Law enforcement on the Schoodic Peninsula is getting an upgrade this fall, with the purchase of a new police cruiser for the Gouldsboro Police Department.
The old vehicle, a 2014 Chevorlet Impala, will be replaced with a 2018 Ford Utility model.
“We’re a small department, so our officers need to carry everything with them,” said Gouldsboro Police Chief Tyler Dunbar.
The new vehicle is also better suited to operating in a rural environment, which has been a concern for the department.
“A lot of times we’re operating on private, unimproved roads, especially with our property-check program,” said Dunbar. “This vehicle is all-wheel drive, so it can handle that terrain better.”
The current Impala cruiser has around 92,000 miles on it, and maintenance is a concern for the department.
“The vehicles all have to meet state inspection standards. We don’t want to have to worry about the vehicle failing in any while on duty,” Dunbar said.
The new police cruiser will be purchased from Quirk Auto in Bangor, and should be ready in six weeks. Once purchased, the vehicle will undergo modifications for police service, including the installation of partitions, cameras, a laptop mount and new digital radios that will allow the department to communicate directly with Park Service rangers in nearby Acadia National Park.
The upgraded vehicle also will have more room for medical supplies, search and rescue equipment, evidence collection and animal control.
The purchase, totaling $37,049, was approved last month by the Board of Selectmen. The money comes from Gouldsboro’s Police Department Reserve Account, which accumulates unused funds from the department’s overall budget.