Washington patrol putting new cars into service

Washington patrol  putting new cars into service

Credit: The Olympian

Washington patrol putting new cars into service

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 5:47 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol is starting to put 200 new Chevrolet Caprices into service, replacing aging Ford Crown Victorias.

With full equipment the new patrol cars will cost about $7.8 million.

The Olympian reports the cars are equipped at the patrol's office in Tumwater with radar, a GPS system, cameras, computer docking systems, prisoner cage, spotlights and light bars. The Caprice also needs a heavier bumper for troopers to perform the PIT maneuver on fleeing cars.

About 15 new patrol cars a month will be added until next summer. The WSP now uses more than 700 patrol cars.
 

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