GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - The Gonzales Police Department has seven new patrol cars that will be outfitted and used throughout the city. These new vehicles will replace ones that are either unable to be repaired or ready for retirement.
Chief Sherman Jackson is "elated" that the department can move forward in terms of proper and functioning equipment.
Much debate stemmed over recent months throughout the Gonzales city Council as to the necessity of the new units.
"This has been a long time coming," said Chief Jackson in a news release. "The next step is for us to have the cars fitted with the equipment we need to ensure our jobs are done to the best of our abilities."
All seven of the 2014 Dodge Chargers will need proper lighting systems, police radios and computers. Once the equipment is installed, each vehicle will be striped to match the branding of the City of Gonzales Police Department.
It should take between three and four weeks to get the new units on the road.
The old vehicles will be stripped and sold off as surplus with the money returning to the City of Gonzales' General Fund.