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Casper City Council approves funding for new police cars

Published: Apr. 9, 2021 at 5:51 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper City council approved $391,063 for new police cars. Community members might see different cars out in the community, those were approved last year.

There are a few things that keep the police cars from hitting the road right away. “Police vehicles change from year to year. We are at the mercy of Ford when it comes to those vehicles so we have to wait and see what the model looks like and how many times it requires us to change the equipment. That can take more time,” said Rebekah Ladd, the Casper PD public information officer.

Getting police vehicles decals, lights and more takes about one year or more to get everything together. The six vehicles approved this week won’t be seen for a while. “They aren’t like normal vehicles out on the street where it’s normal pricing that you might not see at a dealership. There are tens of thousands of dollars of equipment side each of them so it takes a while,” Ladd said.

There was $391,063 approved for new vehicles. They only need $236,000 to get it. The equipment for all of it will cost $273,000 which will be spent locally. They also rely on local shops for maintenance.

“The city garage employs a lot of people that help us fix our cars. If they get too busy or if there’s another need we work with local mechanics to keep them going,” Ladd said.

Ladd adds community members might see this purchase once a year because officers drive around hundreds of miles during their 12-hour shifts.

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