Boardman Police Department
DATE: January 11, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HIGH POLICE VISIBILITY AT THE LOWEST COST
POLICE TO HOLD VEHICLE AUCTION
BOARDMAN – For the next few weeks it may look like a used car lot at the township
center, but if you are handy with a wrench and have some mechanical know how you
might just want to drive past the front parking lot and take a look at the offerings for the
next police vehicle auction.
Boardman Police are lining up their surplus vehicles in the parking lot adjacent to Market
Street so the public can inspect them while arrangements are made to schedule a public
auction. The vehicles are a diverse mixture of trucks, vans, SUVs, old cruisers and old
plain clothes detective cars that no longer meet the demanding standards for police use.
“On December 10, 2008 we parked every police car in the fleet for the day except front
line patrol cars. Our mechanic and an officer inspected them for safety, serviceability and
mileage. Afterward, I met with the inspection team and asked a series of questions,” said
Patrick Berarducci, Chief of Police. “What’s it going to cost us to keep this vehicle on the
road? Is it suitable for the demanding use a police officer might subject it to? Finally does
it fill a need we have with our current strategy of deployment?”
Police say they will mark the mileage, year of the vehicle and vehicle number on the
front windshield for those that are interested, but don’t call for information about the cars.
You can stop by the police Records Room and ask to see the vehicle maintenance files
for any vehicle being auctioned. Additional vehicles will be added to the line once police
equipment has been removed.
“We do not have time to take calls or questions about the vehicles. The auctioneer will
deal with those inquiries once we have made arrangements for the auction,” said
Berarducci. “Make no mistake; this is not your grandma’s Buick we are talking about.
Most of these vehicles have been run hard and are in need of repair. Go into a purchase
with your eyes open.”
Money raised from the auction will be used to purchase equipment needed to outfit new
cruisers as they come in. By putting the vehicles on display police say the public can
come by when they have time and see if any vehicle interests them.
In years past the department auctioned their cruisers at approximately 100,000 getting a
few thousand dollars for them, but no longer. The 15 cruisers with the lowest mileage are
used for frontline patrol officers, seven days a week 24 hours a day. The goal is to make
sure that no patrol vehicle is driven more than two 8 hour shifts a day which helps extend
the service life of the vehicle. As the mileage approaches 100,000 the vehicle is taken out
of patrol service and assigned as a take home car for officers living in the township,
giving police even greater visibility in the neighborhoods. They also remain a source for
emergency replacement of a patrol vehicle that is damaged or breaks down.
Mike Carkido, township police mechanic, performs the regular preventive maintenance
on the fleet keeping repair costs to a few hundred dollars per year on each vehicle, which
allows this program to work. Carkido, responsible for all work on the police fleet has also
been given the final word by the chief on what stays and what goes.
“Once you buy a cruiser and outfit it you have made your large outlay of cash. Barring a
bad accident or unusual incident we are shooting to get 200,000 miles on a car with this
program. When the pendulum starts to swing against us with maintenance costs or
reliability then we sell it,” said Berarducci. “This program gives Boardman residents
what they want; high police visibility at the lowest cost.”
SOURCE: BOARDMAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Patrick J. Berarducci
Chief of Police