CSPD Asks For Funding To Buy New Vehicles

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

The chief of the Colorado Springs Police Department is asking for funding to replace vehicles that are well past their replacement date. The police department’s vehicles used to be replaced regularly, but due to budget cuts that is no longer true.

Chief Pete Carey says his officers were lucky to be in the right car on April 7, when they engaged in a chase with two men suspected of planning to rob a business on South Academy. During the pursuit, one of the men shot at the officers, hitting their car.

The chase ended when an officer caught up with the suspects on Latana Circle and crashed the patrol car head-on into the suspect’s vehicle.

"In that case it was because of a V8 Dodge Charger that we used that we were able to catch up and even disable the vehicle,” Carey said.

Carey says he wants to make sure his department maintains that capability. That’s why he made his pitch to the mayor.

The chief says his mechanics have done all they can to maintain their vehicles, but eventually the miles add up. "About 60 percent of our cars--or our first responders, patrol, tactical and motorcycle units--are well past an age and mileage that makes them safe to use,” he said.

Many of the vehicles have over 100,000 hard miles on then.

Carey said at a meeting with Mayor Steve Bach and the City Council that maintaining the cars in their current condition will actually end up costing more than buying replacements.

This year, CSPD is asking for funding to replace about 50 cars. The estimated for 2012 would be about $500,000. Carey also wants to spend the same amount in 2013 and 2014.

Many of the old vehicles could be sold for up to $3,000 each. That money would go to the city’s general fund.

CSPD is also asking for approximately $700,000 for building improvements, like a new roof for the 20-year-old Police Operations Center.


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  • by Lindsay Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 19, 2012 at 03:13 PM
    I find it interesting that CSPD needs new vehicles. If they can find the money to add a bright orange "under cover" vehicle to their fleet, they can find the additional funds to get new police cars. This whole city needs a financial lesson. I am tired of paying taxes and the city wasting their money (and mine) on frivolous projects. 100,000 miles isn't anything today. Does the car run well and is dependable?...then you don't need a new car just because your fleet is "old". Take what you get and be grateful.
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      by Dave on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM in reply to Lindsay
      This whole state needs a financial lesson!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM
    Did they get a Fleet discount on Nissan Versa.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
    how do you expect to get a police car at 10K a pop? whats the money really for?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM
    This chief is a bigger idiot and liar then the last one.
  • by penny saved on Apr 19, 2012 at 08:07 AM
    c.s.p.d. better save every dime they can.. by the time josh carriers vict's are done sueing them they'll all be on bicycles..bazinga
  • by watching Location: USA on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    Take it out of the mayor's funds he uses to remodel his office.
  • by dontaskmeforadime on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    Why don't they ask the military for this funding? Besides we have more people and more relatives. Of these people thanks to the military. Hey or they can ask ex Mayor Rivera too. It was his idea to bring more military squadrons here anyways.
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      by G.I. Joe on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM in reply to dontaskmeforadime
      What the hell are you talking about?
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        by Broke-R-US on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:46 AM in reply to G.I. Joe
        oh I forgot they dont teach to think outside the box int he military. Probably, why you didn't get dontaskmeforadime's comment.
  • by dontaskmeforadime on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:56 AM
    Why don't they ask the military for this funding? Besides we have more people and more relatives. Of these people thanks to the military. Hey or they can ask ex Mayor Rivera too. It was his idea to bring more military squadrons here anyways.
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      by G.I. Joe on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM in reply to dontaskmeforadime
      What the hell are you talking about?
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        by jazzcat on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:34 AM in reply to G.I. Joe
        I think s/he hit their head on something before posting.
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          by Broke-R-US on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:45 AM in reply to jazzcat
          I agree with dontaskmeforadime. Take a tour downtown and pick 10 random people: males and females. and ask how they eneded up in Colorado Springs...you will think differently, GI Joe...yup 7 out of 10 are your comrade.
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          by jazzcat on Apr 20, 2012 at 08:52 AM in reply to jazzcat
          @Broke-R-US: FWIW, Colorado Springs was founded by a military man. Not only that, but DoD spending is the reason this town isn't a giant cattle pasture today.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
    Hahahahahah!!! Oh man, what a funny joke. I'll donate 100 when the cops start being cops. Maybe they should look at Los Angeles as a model. They keep the trash where they belong and you never saw anyone pulled over for a speeding ticket, they had more important issues.......
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      by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:27 AM in reply to
      Really? You can't compare Colorado Springs to LA!
  • by roberto on Apr 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM
    Ill donate 100 if they take a picture with me apologizing for coming into my house supposedly looking for a baby email me
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