This is the first major vehicle buying proposal since the economy entered its downturn; in healthier financial times, the county would replace old and maintenance-heavy vehicles yearly. For the past four years, Cobb's police cars have had to soldier on with limited circulation of new vehicles.
A typical police car is driven 96,000 miles a year, according to the county's public meeting agenda. Without the influx of new vehicles seen in previous years, maintenance costs are increasing and hurting the resale value of the older fleet vehicles.
Fifty vehicles have been replaced by alternate means this year, but a further eleven need to be exchanged for brand new Chevrolet Caprices. Unfortunately, the equipment in the old Ford Crown Victorias is incompatible with the new Caprices. The purchasing and refitting of the Chevrolets for police purposes will cost around $70,000 alone.
Not only will the new cars improve the strength of the police fleet, but add to the positive environmental changes the county is striving for. The newer vehicles are more fuel-efficient and less damaging to the environment. The new vehicles also have advanced safety features not available on the older models.