Too many cop cars and not enough mechanics was causing a 55 day delay before new Ford Crown Vics and Chevy Impalas hit the road. Then Boise found the police equivalent of “Pimp My Ride” in Salem, Oregon.
After a reader tipped us that $7,000 per vehicle was leaving not only the city, but the state to install lights, siren, radio, computer, security cages and all the rest of the police toys, we had a chat with the new fleet manager, Craig Croner.
“We’re doing it (outsourcing) to save time and money,” said Croner who noted there are 800 pieces of “rolling stock” in the City fleet (that’s techno speak for cars and trucks) along with another 300 assorted tractors, mowers and other equipment.
“We have seven and a half mechanics and it was taking 55 days just to get the police cars on the road,” said Croner. We all KNOW what “half a mechanic” looks like. Today he tells us with the ride pimping company, Auto Additions, it takes just 20 days. The first 21 cars are due in town any day.
The GUARDIAN is critical of the $12,600 shipping bill for the new cars. By having the Boise cars delivered directly to Salem, they could save over $300 per unit just on shipping.
It would also seem like someone closer to home would get in the business if they stand to make $6,000 per unit which is the actual cost of outfitting the cars, using both used and new components such as light bars etc. The installation of all the electronics goes way beyond simple shade tree mechanicing, but apparently we can’t “get er done” locally. The City, by law, is allowed to use state bids negotiated by other agencies, hence they send the cars to Salem.
All the new cars have the politically correct “E-85” compliant flexfuel capability which means they can burn fuel that is made mostly from expensive corn. Look for a lot of money to be made in the next few years by ill conceived, but well intended greenie policies and regulations.
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