Cortland police to auction off vehicles

(Photo Source: Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

The Cortland Police Department will soon pull a couple of its old patrol vehicles off the road and auction them off, according to city police chief Paul Sandy.

Sandy noted at last week’s Police Commission meeting that two of the oldest police vehicles will be replaced by new ones. The vehicles off the fleet will be “stripped” and “parts will be auctioned off,” he added.

The older vehicles, three Chevrolet Tahoes that are 2015-16 models, have each racked up 100,000 miles-or-more on the odometer. Sandy noted one of the 2015 Chevy Tahoes (listed as 14-B in the vehicle report) was sold recently. He added the plan is to keep one of the older vehicles, one with the least mileage out of three, on the road for a “little longer.”

The new vehicles are 2022 Chevy Tahoes. Each vehicle cost about $43,000, noted by Sandy in the past, and was covered by the city’s American Rescue Plan funding.

City deputy police chief David Guerrera noted two of the new vehicles are going through the finishing touches, which could be wrapped up by the first of the new year. Guerrera added the new vehicles are tentatively slated to see the road by early January.

City police are also looking to sell its 2007 Ford van. Despite only tallying over 21,000 miles on the odometer, the van is showing its age. Guerrera noted city police recently had a deal in place to trade the van as part of a special package that included a brand-new van, but ultimately declined.

“We’ll sell (the van) and pool all of the money to try and get a new one,” Sandy said.