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Washington Aims to Cycle Police Vehicles Regularly

Posted: Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 6:23 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

After repair issues on vehicles, the Washington City Council is looking to establish a schedule for purchasing police patrol vehicles regularly. At Tuesday’s meeting it was explained that two vehicles currently have bad motors, and since one had water damage only one is worth repairing. City Administrator Brent Hinson explained why the patrol vehicles need replaced more regularly than most vehicles, “Tons of engine hours, they’re running, you know, a ton. They take a lot of wear and tear. They’re being used 24 hours a day in a lot of cases, whereas an administration vehicle or K9 unit is used one shift a day.” Once vehicles are removed from patrol use, they would then be allocated to other city departments. The goal then would be to have the vehicles for a total of 15 years with the city. The council did approve the motor replacement for $5,800 with Schrader Automotive. The council will also look to replace two vehicles in the fiscal year 2020 budget.