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Police Chief Wants A New Ride

The 2011 Ford Crown Victoria would cost the city about $24,444.87, according to a staff report.

Police Chief Joe Payne is requesting that the city purchase a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria police vehicle at Wednesday's city council meeting.

The new administrative vehicle would be assigned to Payne and cost the city about $24,444.87, according to a staff report.

Payne's current vehicle is a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria with 99,000 miles.

"This car will be moved elsewhere in the administrative fleet for use by other staff members and detectives—and will replace a 1993 Crown Victoria with 111,000 miles," wrote Payne in a staff report.

Per Payne's report:

Police vehicles assigned for administrative uses are equipped with a police package to support the emergency equipment, greater trunk space for radio equipment and other emergency supplies. Although down-sized in recent years to increase fuel economy, these vehicles are full-sized sedans to accommodate passengers and equipment. The police package includes larger brakes, drive train/rear wheel drive, radiator, alternator/electrical system, suspension and frame, and is designed to withstand the demands of police work. Administrative vehicles, though not a typical black and white patrol vehicle, are subject to the same rigorous demands. Although a black and white patrol vehicle typically lasts five years at the outside, administrative vehicles must stay in use for ten years or more to limit the budgetary demands of the police department's fleet.

For Wednesday's full City Council agenda, to read more about this vehicle, and to watch the meeting live, click here.

Patch Asks: Should City Council approve this purchase?

Sam June 08, 2012 at 12:43 AM
This is news? Really?
Sam Burgess June 08, 2012 at 01:43 AM
FYI: Sam is not Sam Burgess
Andy Krinock June 08, 2012 at 02:13 AM
The car issue is not significant as compared to the size of the budget. The Council requested more information yesterday, ultimately they will probably approve the car. The Chief says he answers calls, how many? He indicaed 3, I assume that is during his tenure. There are many larger issues, such as the health care liability which has increased from $18.6 million in 2009 to $22.2 million in 2011. In 2013 it may be substantially more. The amount recorded as a liability, as required by government accounting standards is $4.8 million, obviously a significant shortage. Payments reducing this liability are approximately $500,000 a year, do you believe at this rate they will ever "catch up" ? Perhaps by addressing the "minor" issues the Council will have the courage to address more significant issues, such as the health care liability.
Betty Jean June 09, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Use the money from all the traffic tickets written out for speeding and reckless driving in S Pas. Oh, I guess he's not getting a car.
Marvion June 09, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Problem solved! Make everyone that parks a car to go to Farmer's Market pay an alike parking meter fee. Typically, on Thursdays, two cars try to park in the area of where one parking meter could be placed. And they block driveways, and access to fire hydrants via illegal parking. Give them all a ticket, make them fm' parkers pay, or arm the neighborhood watch with paint balls, and tire mark. Then sppd could ticket later. (extra lolz $2 a pop)

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