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Miami Police Receive Three New Cars After Months Of Delays

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After months of delays, the Miami Police Department today received three new police cars. Cars, Department officials say, will help with response time and help the force better serve the community.

Day Shift Patrol Sergeant Jason Arnold says on an eight hour shift officers spend about six hours in a police vehicle. And until now, Miami Police had only 12 vehicles, most of which had over 100 thousand miles. 

"I've been aware of a couple of times guys have been on the way to calls and their cars break down, so another officers has to go take care of the call," Arnold said.
 
The Department ordered three new Ford Police Interceptors back in July, thanks to a lease agreement between Welch bank and the city of Miami for more than $97,000 dollars. But due to the model's popularity with law enforcement in the state, the Department started calling them 'the phantom vehicles'- they were ordered, but never showed up, that is until now.
 
"I'm glad they finally showed up, I don't know how many times they said we're going to get them, I don't know how many times I heard, first of next month," Arnold said.
 
The Department says these babies aren't quiet street ready just yet, but with some logo detailing on the side, and a radio system put in they should be ready by the end of the week.
And when they are, Captain Thomas Anderson says the vehicles will have some pretty cool features; like the addition of high tech dash cams, which have been a point on controversy since a Highway Patrol Dash Cam recorded a Miami Police stop that ended in claims of excessive force.  The camera automatically  kicks on when officers speed or activate police lights to monitor driving, as well as have  pre-event recorders.

"Say you're in a collision, it'll back up 45 seconds, and start showing what happened, so you get actual footage," Anderson said.
 
Anderson says the Department made the switch from Crown Victoria's mainly because Ford doesn't make them anymore, he says the SUV gives more room and safety for officers. And as for Arnold, he's just happy his team will have three vehicles they can depend on.

Anderson says, eventually the Department would like to have enough cars for officers to take one home -- to further increase response times in the city.

For a link to the Miami Police Department, click here.     

 

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