The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) got the green light on a replacement vehicle purchase.
“We needed to go to the Board (of Police Commissioners) to get authority to spend the money on replacing the vehicle. And that’s what we’ve got,” Rick Bourassa, Chief of Police, told the Times-Herald.
The previous vehicle, a 2011 Dodge Charger, was damaged in a collision in November and was deemed a write-off by SGI.
The Charger’s worth was estimated at $16,000.
“We have another $32,481 to apply towards a purchase of a replacement,” Bourassa said. “Then we have a commitment from SGI that they’ll pick up some up of the additional costs because we have to equip the vehicle.”
Equipment like lights and a radio weren’t transferable from the totalled vehicle.
“We re-use what we could,” Bourassa said.
As of Wednesday, Bourassa didn’t know what type of vehicle the police service would get.
“It’s going to a request for proposals (RFP),” Bourassa said. “Whoever wanted to bid on offering us the replacement would do so and we would take the most acceptable bid.”
There was some confusion during the board meeting on Tuesday. Some commissioners were under the impression that the MJPS would be choosing a Ford vehicle over Dodge.
The MJPS is still a couple of months away from having their new vehicle road ready.
Bourassa said the RFP and selection process take time. So does shipping the vehicle to Moose Jaw and getting it equipped properly.
“They basically tear the inside apart,” Bourassa said of the process of equipping new vehicles.
This is the only purchase of a police vehicle in the immediate future, but Bourassa told the Times-Herald there are a few vehicles nearing the end of their service lifespan.
“Our frontline vehicles, usually around four years is about their max,” Bourassa said. “Some of the others can go up to seven years.”