Police Chief Tim Brinkley tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo that he is shopping online to replace the aging fleet — perhaps with some used vehicles.
A brand new vehicle fully outfitted for a police department's needs, such as a Chevrolet Tahoe, would run $30,000 to $35,000. Brinkley says that's one reason the department is looking at used vehicles.
One reason why so many cars have to be replaced is that thousands of miles are accumulated on the vehicles at a rapid pace.
"Our patrol cars run 24-7. When one shift gets off, the next shift comes in and gets in that same car, and that car is always on the road patrolling.
"The vehicles that we're looking at may already come equipped with lights and sirens," said Brinkley. "So the only thing we'll have to do is buy a radio, have it programmed and put in it and get it stripped or marked according to your agency's specifications."
Brinkley says he hopes to have a couple of vehicles bought by the spring.