Charlottesville police will soon be working the streets in new rides. City Council approved funding for the department to purchase nine new cruisers and equipment very soon.
With all that police officers have to deal with in terms of daily operations, the last thing they should be worried about is a dependable vehicle. That's why the department says it's critical to stay on top of its replacement schedule.
Charlottesville police are getting $214,000. The city's equipment replacement fund will be used to purchase the nine cruisers, and the money will be treated as an advance to the Police Department and repaid over the next three years.
Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts says the last time the department purchased new vehicles was three years ago, but there are a number of cruisers in the fleet that are up in miles and need to be replaced.
"The vehicles that we have, they are kind of worn out. Actually, they range from a '93 year model to a 2006 model. They have anywhere between one-hundred- and one-hundred-forty-thousand miles, and some of them have pretty much died. So we're at a point where we needed to secure some additional vehicles and dispose of those that have stopped to run," Roberts said.
Roberts says the Police Department plans to purchase more cruisers sometime next year.
City Council approved the funding Monday night.
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