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Local Dealership Donates Electric Car to Schenectady Police Department

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SCHENECTADY ⁢— A‌ significant contribution⁢ is being made to the Schenectady Police​ Department by‌ the Metro ‌Ford dealership on State Street. They are⁤ generously donating a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E to the department.

The electric vehicle will ‌be‍ put to good use ‌by the department’s community engagement ​officers‌ who are stationed at Schenectady City School ‍District buildings.

According​ to Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford, Sgt. Charles Rumsfeld of Schenectady had been in touch ⁢with‌ several dealerships in the area ⁤about potential vehicle donations. Metro Ford responded positively, revealing that they had already been considering making a donation to the department.

“The stars aligned for us,”‌ Clifford⁢ commented on Wednesday.

The police department​ will ⁣officially receive the ​vehicle once the city⁤ council‍ gives its approval for the acceptance of the donation at its ⁤meeting on Feb. 26.

“Timing is crucial,”‍ Metro‍ Ford President Dave Dariano stated ⁣on Thursday. “The year had just ended and we were ‌in a position to donate the car they⁢ needed. It was​ a case of perfect timing.”

Dariano ⁣mentioned that the dealership had previously donated a van to ⁣the Niskayuna⁣ Central‍ School District for their D.A.R.E. anti-drug program.

“Our aim is⁢ to support the⁢ police and the community,” he ⁢said regarding the latest donation. “Our community supports us, so we always strive to give ⁣back when we can.⁢ We can’t always do it, but ⁣this time it worked out perfectly for us.”

The department is planning a⁣ design contest for Schenectady ‌students to create the ‍branding​ for ‍the exterior of the donated vehicle.

“Across the nation, school resource ‌officers have vehicles⁤ that are easily identifiable⁤ so students know they are ⁤present on ⁣campus,” Clifford explained. ⁣“Our intention is ⁢to wrap the car with a design that clearly ⁢identifies it as ‌a⁤ police car assigned to the schools.”

The ‍department has two ⁢community engagement officers and one supervisor assigned to the school district. The new donation⁤ will enable the ⁢department to have a dedicated vehicle for the program.

“We weren’t short of ⁣a vehicle, we just hadn’t added a vehicle to our fleet when ‍we created these positions a couple of years ago (in‍ 2022),” Clifford explained. “They’ve⁣ been managing with spare ⁤vehicles. However, it was always one of ⁤our long-term ⁢goals to provide them with their own vehicle and do something exciting​ with it.”

The dealership has stated‍ that the vehicle is valued at $34,000⁤ and has been driven 21,000 ⁣miles.

“We are grateful for Metro Ford’s support in this,”⁢ Schenectady ​Mayor Gary McCarthy said⁣ of the donation.‌ “Businesses‌ regularly contribute to help⁤ the city by making donations to make things ⁢a little easier. We’re delighted to have⁢ it ‍and really appreciative of it.”

Dariano highlighted that the Mustang donated to the ‍police department is a fully electric⁤ vehicle.

“Schenectady is the Electric City,” he said.

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Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton, a skillful journalist previously based in Boston, is adept at covering a diverse array of stories. Her thorough and engaging reporting style, honed with a Master's in Journalism from Boston University, focuses on community-relevant stories.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Bad punctuation and grammar, disagree. The donation of an electric car to the Schenectady Police Department will help reduce emissions and save on fuel costs.

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