City to replace aging police fleet

By The Associated Press

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — The West Point Police Department is looking to replace is aging fleet of vehicles.

The city wants to replace the Ford Crown Victorias.

There are guidelines set in place to ensure police departments get their money’s worth, but those same guidelines can also limit options.

Police Chief Tim Brinkley says all the city’s patrol vehicles stay on the road around the clock.

He says more than 70 percent of the department’s cars have been driven more than 100,000 miles.

The department is looking to purchase about 15 new vehicles over the course of the next two years.

Brinkley says he’s working with a local dealership to see how close it can get to the state contract price rather than going to Jackson or the coast.