EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Merrimack Valley

October 15, 2012

Sleek new cruisers patrol Andover streets

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Hashem said the new cruisers have received positive feedback from the officers who have had a chance to drive them.

Safety Officer Chuck Edgerly said the last time the Crown Vics had been updated was in 1997.

'This is really like getting a new car,” he said. “The officers who have been driving them like the way they drive and the handling.”

Edgerly pointed out the larger tires and the fact the vehicles are lower to the ground.

“Sitting in them they are pretty comfortable, it is like sitting in a cockpit,” Edgerly said, pointing out the instrument panels and radio. “Like anything new there is still an adjustment.”

Several residents have been asking about the new cruisers when they see officers around town.

“Everyone is interested,” Edgerly said.

Edgerly said it will be a few years before all the old Crown Vics are phased out.



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