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Albany Police Department to buy 54 new vehicles

City commissioners approved the purchase of 54 new cars for APD. / Mary Green

The City of Albany is looking for new ways to save taxpayer money, and that now includes upgrading nearly the entire Albany Police Department fleet.

City commissioners approved the purchase of 54 new cars for APD. Those will replace older vehicles in the fleet, including 41 marked squad cars, eight unmarked vehicles for investigators, a 15-passenger van to drive recruits to the police academy in Tifton and four trucks for animal control and other specialty units.

The total cost of the purchase will be $1,309,852.70.

But Chief Michael Persley said this buy should help them cut costs for maintaining older cars, and he added their cars have a lifespan of about four years.

"The older a vehicle is and the more uses you put on it, the more money you're going to put into keeping it maintained," he said. "Vehicles are only supposed to last a certain amount of time, and these are not — we use vehicles unlike how you use your average vehicle. We put a lot of miles on it."


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