By HEATHER WALTERS
Officers with the Cottageville Police Department are getting new patrol cars.
Cottageville Town Council has voted unanimously to buy five new police vehicles. These cars have already been ordered, and should be delivered to the town’s police department by mid-March, according to information provided by Cottageville Mayor Tim Grimsley.
These cars will replace most of the current fleet, he said.
They are being purchased out of the town’s general operating fund.
“The cars we have now are getting a lot of miles on them, and the maintenance and the costs of maintaining them is increasing,” said Grimsley.
Money for the new patrol cars came from the town’s operating budget.
According to Cottageville Police Chief Jeffery Cook, the new cars consist of two Dodge trucks, two Dodge Durango cars and one Dodge Charger. Cook said he prefers trucks in his new patrol car fleet because of the town’s terrain and needs. “When there is flooding, we have significant flooding problems here. It all goes under water,” he said. Cook drives a police-issued truck and he said the truck is “substantial” in getting to rural houses in the community.
The town’s police department now consists of seven officers and five reserve officers. The reserves are volunteers and are not typically provided with a police department patrol vehicle. The Cottageville Police Department is currently fully-staffed, said Cook. “We are full, thankfully, and don’t have any openings,” he said. “We have some good officers right now with us.”
The existing patrol cars at the department will be “phased out” of daily use, said Cook.