SPD: New fleet to roll out within the next 2 weeks

SPD: New fleet to roll out within the next 2 weeks

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Just days after being questioned about dozens of new Shreveport police units not being used, the city claims they're ahead of schedule and the new units will roll out soon.

Shreveport police released Thursday afternoon that the department's fleet will soon be sporting 90 shiny new vehicles with a fresh look.

The new police cruisers are expected to hit the streets over the next few months, according to a press release by the department.

The 2016 Ford Interceptor SUVs were purchased in mid-May by the department as part of a $3.5 million equipment financing package approved by Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler and the council back in 2015.

The units cost $26,000 each and require another $14,000 worth of equipment to be installed before they are ready to be put into service.

When the new units were initially purchased, the department reportedly estimated the first street-ready units would be in service by the end of August.

However, on Tuesday, SPD told KSLA News 12 they didn't have a specific time frame for when the new patrol cars would roll out.

Still, SPD says they're "ahead of schedule," but the Police Officers' Association claims there are only five vehicles that have been outfitted and ready for patrol after the 90 were purchased two months ago.

SPD said Thursday that the new patrol vehicles will be patrolling the streets in the next two weeks.

The Caddo Commission also recently set aside $750,000 to buy 12 more police cars for the department, on top of the 90 already purchased.

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