The Fort Smith Police Department will ask the city’s Board of Directors to allow it to spend approximately $747,030 on equipment and training Tuesday at the board’s study session.
The bulk of the money, $579,078, is to go toward nine new police cars, 2018 Chevrolet 2WD PPV Tahoes, to replace old ones, according to a memo from Police Chief Nathaniel Clark to City Administrator Carl Geffken.
“The estimated cost for each of these nine vehicles is $64,342. This cost includes the purchase of a Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) with related installation hardware, an L3 in-car camera system, and a Motorola two-way radio for each vehicle,” the memo states.
The department has spent $182,423.05 in vehicle maintenance so far this year. It spent $221,672.42 in 2016 and $224,673.47 in 2015. Of the department’s 37 patrol cars, 11 have more than 200,000 miles on them and the other 26 all have at least 100,000 miles on them with many of them approaching 200,000.
“The removal of the nine (9) highest mileage vehicles from the fleet should significantly reduce vehicle maintenance costs and provide more reliable vehicles to respond to calls for service from the public. With the purchase of the new vehicles, the department would replace aging L3 in-car video camera systems. These devices have exceeded their service lives and are beginning to fail. The MDTs to be replaced are outdated and becoming inadequate to support current software demands. The replacement of both systems in the new vehicles would be the preferred and best option,” according to the memo.
The department is also requesting $75,600 to cover three Harley…
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