The Canfield Police Department has a new cruiser in its fleet, a Dodge Challenger R/T and the vehicle is turning heads at the high school.
"Its the kind of vehicle that appeals to the kids," said Officer Steve Gartska. "I've had a lot of kids comment on it."
The $40,000 high performance vehicle was a donation from Chuck and Bob Eddys Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge dealership.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Canfield High School senior class officers visited the newest addition to the Canfield Police Department fleet, a Dodge Challenger R/T. Pictured front row from left are: Richard Jenkins, Jessica Houser, William Quirk and superintendent Alex Geordan; Back row from left are: former mayor William Kay, city manager Joe Warino, police chief Chuck Colucci and officer Steve Gartska.
"It was all about doing something for the community," said Chuck Eddy. "We live in the community and support the city, township and schools. This was one way of giving back."
Eddy said he wanted to help insure the safety of the kids in the school district and by providing a vehicle for the school resource officer was one way to do that.
Another reason Eddy gave was the fact the Canfield Department and officers would not abuse it.
"These guys take care of their equipment," Eddy said. "That fact makes it easy for me to make a decision like this."
The car, which was donated to the department in November was equipped with police radios and other equipment as well as the CPD decals. The striping and design was done specifically for the Challenger.
"It's pretty sweet looking," said high school senior class board member Richard Jenkins.
Police Chief Chuck Colucci said the two-door vehicle has everything the department's Dodge Chargers have except for a prisoner cage.
"It can respond to calls and back up other cruisers," Colucci said, "but it can't be used as a prisoner transport."
The vehicle will be used for the school resource officer and will be seen a lot at the high school.
"It represents the school pretty well, said senior class vice president William Quirk.
Eddy said the vehicle is a first for Chrysler.
"To my knowledge, no other police department in the country has a Challenger R/T police car," he said.
Eddy said it was an easy decision to donate it as the city has been very supportive of Chrysler with the Charger and Jeep patrol cars already in the fleet. He said this puts the icing on the cake.
This is the second vehicle the Eddys have donated to the department.