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Four New Patrol Vehicles, Body-Cameras to Come to SPD

Springfield Police Department


The Springfield City Council approved the purchase of four police patrol vehicles for fiscal year 2021, which the city’s Police Department said are at the end of their lifespan. They also authorized the City Manager to sign a contract for police body-worn and in-car cameras from Upstate Wholesale Supply Company, doing business as Brite Computer.

According to city council documents, the patrol vehicles are due to be replaced with consideration to age, mileage, and maintenance costs. Five patrol vehicles were budgeted to be replaced this fiscal year, but it was decided the department only needs four new vehicles.  

Springfield City Manager Nancy Newton was approved to purchase four patrol vehicles—two for general patrol usage and two for assignment to patrol K9 officers. The vehicles are proposed under a purchase order following the State of Oregon Price Agreement 5551 for a total cost of $158,145.88.

Both 2021 Ford AWD Police Interceptor Utility vehicle with full police and lighting package will cost $39,247.48 each, and both 2021 Ford AWD Police Interceptor Utility vehicle with full police and lighting package, as well as auxiliary air conditioner (for K9s) will cost $39,825.46 each.

Also Monday, the city council approved the city manager to negotiate and sign a contract to purchase body-worn and in-car cameras. Getac was selected as the preferred vendor due to their ease of use, supportability, and overall cost.

As stated in city council documents, year one costs for both body-worn cameras and in-car cameras are higher than previously communicated due to vendor clarification that planned five-year equipment replacement and warranty costs must be included in year one. Five year total project costs are as anticipated.

Body-worn camera costs will be supported by the general fund, as well as qualifying grant funding. In-car camera costs will be supported by federal forfeiture funds.

Elizabeth Gabriel is a former KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She is an education reporter at WFYI in Indianapolis.
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