City Council passed an emergency ordinance Monday night for the purchase of three new vehicles for the Zanesville Police Department. The new Dodge Chargers and all of the equipment that will be installed, will cost the city over 100-thousand dollars. Typically the police department purchases Crown Victoria’s manufactured by Ford, but since they have been discontinued, they decided the Dodge Charger was the best choice.
"You have to realize that these cars are driven sixteen to eighteen hours a day, every day, seven days a week. We run up the miles pretty quickly and some of the stopping, starting, turning, driving, that’s all town driving, really is hard on the cars," said Zanesville Police Chief, Eric Lambes.
Chief Lambes says that police vehicles usually accrue 150-thousand miles over the course of four years, causing the need for new vehicles. Budget crunches over the last few years have made it difficult to keep up with the purchase of new cruisers on a rotating basis.
"When we buy all of our cars at one time, they all get old at the same time. Right now this is the first step to getting us back to buying three cars and if we keep that up our fleet stays relatively in good shape, and a standard policy that we are initiating."
The police department expects the new cruisers in about sixty days.