TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After moving into a new headquarters, the Terre Haute Police Department is continuing updates of their facility and necessities to better serve their community.
In order to better protect and serve, THPD Lieutenant Steven Lockard said updates need to be made every so often to help the police stay on their toes.
Earlier this week, THPD sought authorization to place an order for 18 new vehicles that would include Dodge Chargers and Durangos. Lt. Lockard said he is hoping that updating their fleet will lessen the number of mechanical issues officers have to deal with.
“We’re getting to nine to 10 years old on some of these vehicles,” Lt. Lockard said. “High mileage, they’re driven hard. To get some of those older models out and get some of their newer models in that are under warranty that will help to reduce our maintenance cost as well.”
THPD Chief Shawn Keen said these new vehicles will help, but that the department is unsure when they will receive them.
“The chip shortage and it’s supplies,” Keen said. “The cars that we just received recently, the orders for those were over a year ago.”
Keen said he wants residents to know that the price for this new fleet they are working to receive is actually lower than what people may think.
“We may pay $22,000 for one of the Chargers at state government bid price where someone goes on a lot and see’s a car priced at $35 or $40,000, I think a lot of times the public may think that’s what we actually pay for one of these cars and it’s not,” Keen said. “We operate off the government bid price which is considerably lower.”
With new technology inside their building and new vehicles on the way, Lt. Lockard said he believes the department is headed in the right direction.
“Our plan going forward is to replace ‘x’ number of vehicles per year to get some of those older vehicles out and keep the fleet in tip top shape,” Lt. Lockard said. “New equipment, new training, I mean we’re really looking forward to what the future holds for the Terre Haute Police Department.”
The department sent off bids for vehicles to be approved by the state. That approval could come as soon as this week.