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Colorado Springs police get $1.1M extra for new vehicles

February 13, 2018 Updated: February 14, 2018 at 7:12 am
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The fleet of cars used by the CSPD have been deteriorating for years. Peeling paint and rust plague some of the oldest cars. Monday, January 27, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Colorado Springs police soon can buy more cruisers than expected this year to replace old, worn vehicles.

The City Council unanimously approved a $1.1 million supplemental appropriation Tuesday, more than doubling the $950,000 budgeted for the Police Department this year to replace the oldest among its nearly 600 vehicles.

The department already is on track to buy about 30 vehicles, but that's not much considering the dozen vehicles that were wrecked last year, Police Chief Pete Carey has said.

The extra $1.1 million will allow purchases of up to 33 more vehicles, Carey said.

Those will include 22 marked cruisers, two marked service officer sedans, six unmarked sedans, one truck and a crime scene van. But each new police vehicle can take up to a year to outfit, Carey said.

About 153 police vehicles exceed their mileage and age criteria for replacement, police Lt. Howard Black has said. While the purchases will shrink that number, dozens more police vehicles are expected to surpass their replacement criteria next year.

The appropriation was approved as part of the consent agenda, and the council did not discuss it.

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