The Cortland Police Department will add three new police vehicles to its fleet in a month, according to city police chief Paul Sandy.
The vehicles, which are all 2022 Chevrolet Tahoes, were about $43,000 apiece, Sandy said. Each vehicle is currently at Bush Electronics, Inc. in Syracuse to receive technological updates needed for a police vehicle.
The three new vehicles will also replace three current police vehicles. The three current vehicles, which are 2015-16 Chevy Tahoes, each have over 100,000 miles on their odometers.
According to city police’s recent monthly report, one of the vehicles has put in over 120,000 miles. The other two are just under 105,000 miles.
“The fleet is taking a beating. “It’s uncharacteristic of us,” Sandy said, noting the city police department was originally promised the new vehicles in the spring.
“Supply and demand has been a big problem all year long. It’s not going to change,” Sandy added.
Once the new police vehicles are on the road in a month, Sandy noted the old vehicles and their parts will be sold off.
Looking ahead to 2023, Sandy is hoping to have two more new police vehicles on the road, something he’ll look to work into the city police’s budget for the upcoming year.
Three of the current police vehicles, all 2017 Chevy Tahoes, will be over 100,000 miles next year, Sandy said. One of the older vehicles, however, has a new motor in it.
“We’ve done a couple of motor jobs out of pocket because (the vehicles) are off warranty. This is to keep vehicles going,” Sandy added.
Details on if and when city police will receive new vehicles in the future remains to be seen.