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PTC cops to get eight new rides

Peachtree City police will get eight new patrol vehicles, but a request to use leftover savings to buy a previously-delayed motorcycle was denied unanimously by the City Council last week.

The city will spend $148,546 for seven Ford Crown Victoria patrol cars, another $25,366 for a Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicle and another $97,329 to add the needed aftermarket equipment to each, including cameras and radios.

Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark had proposed using $5,400 of a $7,123 in savings from the project to purchase the first year of a two-year lease on a second Harley Davidson police motorcycle. The department added its first motorcycle patrolman just this year.

Councilman Eric Imker said he didn’t want to spend money “for what I believe may be a nice ‘want to have,' not a ‘gotta have’ on this motorcycle.”

Clark noted that the department’s lone motorcycle works traffic enforcement and crash investigations, and it can go many areas where a police car can’t go.
Imker contended that the police department is already doing a fantastic job and he didn’t think the lack of a motorcycle would hinder the department.

It was also noted that when the two motorcycles were put in last year’s budget, before one of them was taken away due to budget cuts, that they were replacing one patrol car in a cost-saving move.

The motion to not fund the motorcycle purchase was unanimous.

The police department will be taking out of service eight Crown Victorias that will be evaluated by pulic works for potential assignment to other departments, according to a city memo.

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I don't know if PTC needs eight new patrol vehicles or not, but I do question an upgrade cost of $12,000 per vehicle for communications and other things on a $21,000 vehicle!

Is the two year equipment on the older vehicles out of date?
Were the eight older vehicles traded in, thereby reducing the purchase price?

Could one purchase one of the older cars?

Don Haddix's picture

Yes, they were needed having a lot of miles and even more engine wear. Plus the cars do not come with the computers, com gear, etc. It has to be added.

As for the older cars and gear, they are rotated into use by the various levels of volunteer officers.

After that usage they are normally ready to be completely removed from service.

So no, rotating old technical systems into new vehicles is not feasible.

As for purchasing a surplus vehicle, please ask at info@peachtree-city.org to see if there any and their condition.

<cite><strong>Don Haddix
Peachtree City Mayor</strong></cite>

PTC Observer's picture

What is the typical milage that a police car has on it when it is retired?

That is when it goes out of service to the police.

Don Haddix's picture

The numbers I remember now are for regular service before going to support service. There it is 120 - 150,000 miles and 500,000 or more engine miles, since many duties have the engines running but the cars not moving, like intersection traffic control, accident scenes, etc.

A lot more miles are added in both categories in support usage.

Dependability and maintenance costs become major issues.

<cite><strong>Don Haddix
Peachtree City Mayor</strong></cite>

PTC Observer's picture

Thank you for this information.

NUK_1's picture

Last year, Haddix posted here that-BY LAW IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA- all police vehicles with 125K miles had to be put out of service and then shut up after being asked to cite the existence of such "law," that happens to also not exist of course.

What on earth are those? They are given old worn-out unsafe vehicles?

Also, those cars retired from "active duty" and relegated to inactive duty are doing what?

Seems that weird and strange stuff comes up all of the time from city hall in recent years!
Te city of Peachtree City belongs to the citizens of PTC, not employees and elected! We need to be told all about operations.

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