(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council gave the Police Department the go-ahead to pursue a lease-to-purchase program for three new patrol vehicles.
Lt. Chuck Carr presented the request for a second time to the council during Tuesday night’s work session, and the council gave general consent to move forward. Acquiring the new, fully equipped vehicles likely will not be able to happen until the department has gone through the appropriate bid process.
Currently, LPD has $25,000 set aside this fiscal year for the vehicles and found a program in which the department could pay $22,752 a year for three years for three 2014 Ford Tauruses. The council agreed, again by consent without a formal vote, that $25,000 would be made available for vehicles in the next two budgets as well.
Sgt. Shawn McRae was also present at the meeting, and he said the three new vehicles would be to replace three of the department’s 19 aging patrol cars.
Of the 19, nine have more than 80,000 miles, which is around the time patrol cars begin to have mechanical issues, McRae said. He noted that police cars often wear out faster than highway patrol vehicles because of the stop-and-start nature of their daily use. Of the nine high-mileage vehicles, three have more than 100,000; the highest has 143,812.
Only one of LPD’s patrol vehicles has less than 50,000 miles.
McRae said in the past the department has been able to acquire used patrol cars from Utah for $9-12,000 with about 30,000 miles on them. Currently, no used patrol vehicles are available with less than 100,000 miles, he said.
McRae credited the city’s mechanic for helping the police keep their vehicles on the road. The mechanic will advise the department on which patrol vehicles should be replaced first.