Long Beach Township Police, Southern Regional School District Reciprocally Donate Vehicles

Nov 08, 2017
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Long Beach Township Police Department is retiring a couple of its Crown Victorias, but the vehicles aren’t going far; the cars are headed over the bridge, to the Southern Regional School District in Manahawkin, where they’ll be utilized by the security department.

Meanwhile, six buses from Southern will go to the township police for use in emergency management and evacuation.

“There’s a long-running, good-standing relationship” between the municipality and the school district, said Neal Rojas, a traffic safety officer who also handles the LBTPD’s fleet.

“It’s a great cost-saving measure and a great working relationship,” he added.

Southern Regional Business Administrator Steve Terhune concurred: “We’ve had a long relationship with Long Beach Township and other towns,” and the reciprocal contributions benefit all parties, and the community as a whole.

The township is donating a 2006 and a 2007 Crown Victoria, both of which have a bit more than 150,000 miles, to Southern. “We tend to keep vehicles around 10 years,” said Rojas. “They still run, they function fine, but they’re not capable of doing what we need them to do.”

Rojas checked all the fluids and tires, changed the oil, and removed the emergency lights and decals, except for the American flag decals, to ready the cars for donation.

“They’re basically back to Crown Vic status,” he noted.

As Rojas explained, the LBTPD is transitioning to Ford Explorers as its primary vehicles, equipped with all-wheel drive, and more room and capabilities for the officers.

There are about 20 vehicles that the department runs daily, for officers, administration, traffic safety and other functions, including Hummers, Ford Tauruses and the Explorers. The township also gave Southern two Crown Victorias a few years ago, and in turn received retired buses.

Terhune said the six buses set to go to the township this fall include two full-size buses and four smaller buses; the smaller buses have a capacity of about 20 individuals each.

“We’re required to retire our buses at a certain age, but they’re still viable,” Terhune remarked. “They’re of a value to our community.” —J.K.-H.

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