“We’ve replaced a car or two, here and there, but this is the first time we’ve replaced the entire fleet,” Mayor Sonny Posey said.
Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said this had been needed for some time.
“One of the first conversations I had with Mayor Posey when I became chief was about his concerns regarding the condition of some of the cars we had on the roads,” Rowe said. “When I got here, I realized exactly what he meant.”
Posey said the department’s vehicle upgrades had fallen behind during slow economic times and this was needed to “catch the department up.”
“These are top-of-the-line, and they will last longer than a regular cruiser or police car, so they’re a good investment for the city,” Posey said.
Rowe said the vehicles will be devoted to the patrol division.
“We made a decision that these vehicles will be driven by patrol,” Rowe said. “I wanted to send a message to patrol that they are the heart of what we do as a department.”
Posey and Rowe expressed appreciation to the Jasper City Council for approving the financing for these new vehicles and making the purchases possible.
According to Rowe, the department was able to save money on the vehicles because officers David Mize and Mitchell Jones used their expertise to install some of the components.