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Crowley City Council approves new fleet for police department

Posted: 3:26 PM, Aug 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-28 19:34:21-04

The Crowley Police Department will soon have a brand new fleet of twenty-two vehicles.

The purchase was approved during a special meeting of the Crowley City Council today.

This is the second time the council has approved a new fleet for the police department, the first under then-Police Chief K.P. Gibson, who is now the sheriff for the parish.

Current Chief Jimmy Broussard says a new fleet with save the city money by not spending so much money on vehicle repair costs and better balance the police budget.

The fleet will consist of 6 Ford Explorers, going to 3 divisional commanders, 1 patrol lieutenant and 2 K-9 officers.

Broussard says in the near future, his police department will be one of the few in the area that will have 4 K-9s and one on every shift.

When asked about the new vehicles, Broussard said, “It does show the community that the city and the council do care about their protection and their safety. If you have police units that cannot respond to an emergency call because they are broken down, well, the public feels vulnerable.”

The chief says the mayor and council have been supportive of the police department for many years and hopes the incoming mayor and council members will be just as supportive.

The council also met to amend the budget for the last fiscal year.