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Deadline Missed for Removing Aging Patrol Cars in Dallas

May 10, 2005

DALLAS – City officials missed a self-imposed deadline to update the Dallas Police Department's aging patrol car fleet, and are likely to miss a second deadline, according to the Dallas Morning News.In January, acting City Manager Mary Suhm pledged to remove squad cars with more than 125,000 miles on them from service by March, and to further lower the age of the fleet by July so that no squad cars with more than 100,000 miles on them were on patrol. Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle said the city was making progress toward the goal.There are 139 squad cars in service with between 100,000 and 125,000 miles on the odometer, and 39 squad cars with more than 125,000 miles, according to police officials. The police fleet includes about 700 marked cars, including 500 assigned to patrol divisions.A series of glitches have hampered Suhm from reaching her goal, officials have said. About 80 new Dodge Intrepids were placed in service by mid-January. No new patrol cars have been put into service since then because of delays in getting new Chevrolet Impalas on the road, according to police officials. There was also a lag time in the design of decals to fit the new body style.

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