Mobile Police to add new cars to fleet; reduce size to 609

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile Police are adding 103 new vehicles to their fleet of cars, and retiring old ones, some with up to 300,000 miles, bringing the total number of cars in the fleet to 609.

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FILE- One of the Mobile Police department’s vehicles.

Police said the new Chevrolet Caprices and Impalas will be outfitted with mobile data terminal (MDT) technology and a new stripe package unveiled at the end of 2013. In a press release Friday, police said, the MDTs and other equipment added to the new fleet becomes a force multiplier as manual labor is replaced with technology.

“It is from these vehicles that the officers patrol their respective beats, respond to calls for service and the vehicles bring them all the technology and equipment needed to perform their duties,” said Mobile Police Chief James Barber. “Fresh equipment gives an officer pride in their duty.”

Police said 31 percent of the high-mileage cars, previously in the fleet had been driven 150,000-300,000 miles. They said many of them underwent repairs at the same time, forcing officers to patrol in vehicles together. They said maintenance costs will be reduced, thanks to the change.

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According to the city’s 2014 amended budget (right column), the entire police department’s cost in the general fund budget is over $45,000,000.

Police spokesperson Ashley Rains said in a release today that the Impalas will remain unmarked, while the Caprices will get the new stripe packages.

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