TPD in dire need of new vehicles, ballistic vests - Tucson News Now

TPD in dire need of new vehicles, ballistic vests

Since July 2016, 28 TPD cars had to be pulled from service for safety concerns and because they were too expensive to repair. (Source: Tucson News Now) Since July 2016, 28 TPD cars had to be pulled from service for safety concerns and because they were too expensive to repair. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Of 857 TPD vests, 328 are past their 5-year lifespan. (Source: Tucson News Now) Of 857 TPD vests, 328 are past their 5-year lifespan. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Police Department is asking for help from taxpayers to replace hundreds of vehicles in their fleet that are past their recommended lifespan.

According to the city of Tucson’s Public Safety’s Improvements Plan, it would cost $20.8 million to replace their aging fleet.

Here’s a breakdown according to Deputy Chief Chad Kasmar:

  • 42.3 percent of marked cars have more than 100,000 miles
  • 82.4 percent of unmarked cars have more than 100,000 miles
  • 38.1 percent of marked cars are over 10 years old
  • 49.1 percent of unmarked cars are over 10 years old

Kasmar said since July 2016, 26 TPD cars had to be pulled from service for safety concerns and because they were too expensive to repair.

“We also have to factor to in the wear and tear and the hours that a vehicle has run, and that is very different than what we know in our personal lives in our personal vehicles,” he said.

But cars are not the only safety issue officers are facing.

Bulletproof vests are another item the department needs.

Of their 857 vests, 328 of them are beyond their recommended five-year lifespan.

The Tucson Police Foundation Adopt-a-Cop Ballistic Vest Campaign has purchased 242 since June 2014, but that program is not able to supply enough vests at the needed rate.

One way the department could get funding is through Prop 101, which would increase the sales tax by a half cent.

That money would also help the Tucson Fire Department. 

Tucson News Now recently reported that the fire department is also struggling with an aging fleet.

[READ: Tucson Fire Department in desperate need of new vehicles for aging fleet]

You can read more about the proposition HERE: http://bit.ly/2nMnnly

The tax increase will be left for the voters to decide in a Special Election on May 16.

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