Concord police getting attention for muscle car seized in drug raid

  • This 2013 Dodge Challenger is a new addition to the Concord Police Department’s fleet. It was seized as part of a drug enforcement investigation and repurposed for use at community events. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Friday, September 29, 2017

The Concord Police Department has a new set of wheels, and the community is taking note.

The 2013 Dodge Challenger was tagged to be a community service car after the city’s drug enforcement unit seized it as part of a large-scale raid, Lt. John Thomas said.

While police could have sold the car at auction, the city would have gained $5,000 at most, he said. By law, the state receives 60 percent of all sale profits and the city only 40 percent, Thomas explained, noting that the car may have sold for $12,000.

“By repurposing the vehicle, we get more bang for our buck,” he said.

The car will be used at community events, including the Special Olympics, National Night Out, and various safety fairs and fundraising walks.

“It’s just made to look like a cruiser, but it has none of the equipment,” Thomas said.

The car will be equipped with blue emergency lights but can’t transport anyone taken into custody, and does not have the technological capabilities of a traditional cruiser.

After making its debut about three weeks ago, the car has caught a lot of attention, Thomas said.

“The community engagement we’ve experienced with it is unbelievable,” he said. “Every time that car is taken out – it could just be idled at a stoplight – people start talking to you about it.”