The Yakima, Washington, City Council approved the use of $4.6 million in American Rescue Plan funds to purchase 57 Ford Police Interceptors for its officers on June 15.
The meeting agenda states the deadline to order the police vehicles is June 21, and the total purchase price for the vehicles is $4,655,760 ($81,680 each). The department should recieve the vehicles by October or November and, after outfitting them with emergency equipment, should have them out on the streets by early December, according to Yaktrinews.com.
The agenda states the purchase will be made through the State of Washington contract vehicle purchasing system. The number of vehicles being purchased is the required amount for the department to return to a shared fleet patrol vehicle program. The city is currently in the collective bargaining process, and changes to the patrol vehicle program are subject to final bargaining.