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Feb 10, 2014 8:41 AM by AP

Port Allen chief seeks funds for new police cars

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The purchase of vehicles for the Port Allen Police Department will take center stage as the City Council ponders whether to amend the recently adopted 2013-14 budget in order to give Police Chief Esdron Brown more than $200,000 to replace a portion of his distressed fleet.

The Advocate reports the police chief is asking for the additional $32,000 to lease-purchase and outfit at least six 2015 Chevrolet Tahoes.

Several council members expressed reservations about the leasing program. They even asked Brown to consider purchasing cheaper vehicles since he so desperately needs to replenish his 18-car fleet.

Since taking office in January 2013, the police chief said, he has led a department struggling with outdated cars that sometimes stall during police calls.

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