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Photo via Karen Apricot/Flickr

The Detroit Police Department is taking over most of the city’s towing services from contractors, after years of controversy, lawsuits, and corruption, The Detroit News reported.

The department has purchased six tow trucks for $575,000 and allocated four city-owned lots where impounded vehicles will be stored. The department already has three other tow trucks, bringing the fleet to nine trucks.

The PD said most big cities it looked at operated tow trucks and impound lots, according to the newspaper. Overall, Government Fleet’s national survey of public fleets found that 81% of agencies outsourced their towing.

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