By: Dorothy Sherman
AUBURN, AL - It's out with some old and in with some new.
"What we've done is that a couple of years ago we recognized that the cars that we were using then, the Crown Victoria's were not going to be made on after that. So, what we did is we actually tried out several different vehicles," Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said.
The Auburn Police Division will be buying 6 marked and 1 unmarked 2014 Ford Utility Police Interceptor Vehicles, together totaling a little over $181,000 from the city's general fund.
"That's general fund money, but it's budgeted. So, it was in the budget has been for a couple of years," Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. said.
The new vehicles will replace 7 of the division's Crown Victoria cars. A vehicle model that Auburn police has used for over 25 years.
"The officers, they are out there everyday, some of the vehicles run occasionally 24 hours," Chief Register said. "So, what happens is that over a period of time your maintenance cost tends to rise on an older vehicle. So, what that begins to happen you start identifying ones that you need to transition away from and that's what we do periodically," Chief Register said.
Last year the division bought Chevy Caprices. Chief Register said compared to those the new utility vehicles are cheaper, more fuel efficient, and have more room.
"Another thing about those vehicles is they are all-wheel drive. So, that if we have inclement weather like we've had recently those vehicles will be able to navigate a little better an easier," Chief Register said.
Expect to see the new police vehicles on the road sometime this summer.
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