A vehicle currently in use by the Owasso Police Department. The Owasso City Council recently approved the purchase of 12 new patrol vehicles and 12 in-car cameras. Photo via Flickr/DiamondBack Truck Covers

A vehicle currently in use by the Owasso Police Department. The Owasso City Council recently approved the purchase of 12 new patrol vehicles and 12 in-car cameras. Photo via Flickr/DiamondBack Truck Covers

The Owasso (Okla.) Police Department is getting a much-needed vehicle update after the city council approved the purchase of 12 new patrol vehicles and 12 in-car cameras, according to the Owasso Reporter.

The new vehicles will be replacing a dozen older models that have either reached or passed the seven-year or 100,000-mile driving limit.

According to the city council agenda, the OPD vehicle purchase will include six Dodge Chargers at $23,367 per unit, three Dodge Rams at $29,241 per unit, and three Ford Explorers at $29,262 per unit. The total amount, provided by the city’s capital improvement fund, is not to exceed $315,711.

The current models will be used for temporary assignment or retired as the newer models are introduced to the fleet. OPD expects to replace all the vehicles this budget year.

The city council also approved the purchase of 12 ICOP in-car cameras from Houston-based Safety Vision, not to exceed $36,570. The ICOP models will be mounted on the dashboard or windshield of each patrol vehicle, and are expected to help with the enforcement of DUI, drug, and violent crime laws, in addition to reducing liability and providing perspective on incidents that occur in the field.

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