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New patrol cars help police stay safe in snow

By Derrick Perkins
Union Leader

WINDHAM, N.H. — Police officers are having no problems getting around town despite a winter that has already seen slightly more than 84 inches of snowfall thanks in part to a brand new fleet of Chevrolet Impalas.

"For us they've worked out very well. They're giving us the ability to access any area of town in inclement weather," said Gerald Lewis, Windham's chief of police. "The traction has been very good on some of the icy roadways and snow-covered roadways."

The department made the switch from the traditional Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser to a newer six-cylinder model manufactured by Chevrolet early last year. The list of advantages for making the transition included the Impala's front-wheel drive, which Lewis expected would give the department's officers a leg up when it came to maintaining traction on slippery roads.

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