12/10/2013 5:12 PM
by Kevin Jacobs
BECKLEY - Beckley Police Department's fleet gets an upgrade. They are the newly designed Ford Taurus, but not just any Ford Taurus off the car lot. The state-of-the-art 2014 police interceptor are built from the ground up for police work. Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems said they get more than 55,000 calls a year, and updating their fleet helps them better serve the community.
"These vehicles will act as the mobile offices with computers, digital in-car cameras, they have radars, prison transport systems, we installed all that so the officers better serve the community," said Chief Tim Deems.
All five cars were purchased with money from the city's general fund budget. Beckley Police say new cars will last them eight to ten years.