Plan to refurbish Atlanta police cars drawing criticism - FOX 13 News

Plan to refurbish Atlanta police cars drawing criticism

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he Atlanta Police Department is spending thousands of dollars to refurbish old vehicles. he Atlanta Police Department is spending thousands of dollars to refurbish old vehicles.
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A plan to refurbish and re-use old police patrol cars is drawing criticism. The Atlanta Police Department is spending thousands of dollars on the project, but a citizens' watchdog group says it's a bad idea if the department dispatches old cars to handle an emergency.

The city wants to extend the lives of old vehicles with new engines and fresh paint.

Barbara Payne of the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation said that the plan concerns her.

"If someone's robbing me on the corner, I don't want to hear that the car broke down and that it was a refurb," said Payne. "So the cars need to be operational and we need to make them not waste money in order to make them operational."

Some officers told FOX 5 that they've seen some of the refurbished vehicles on the road, but some have been returned to the garage for additional work. One 2005 model had more than 150,000 miles on it.

"Those cars are used 24 hours a day. They have a lot of wear on them," said Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Bond, who is chairman of the Public Safety Council.

Bond said that the refurbished cars are not supposed to be used on emergency calls. He said that they are only supposed to be used for training purposes.

"Those cars should never be in the zone," said Bond.

However, Atlanta Police Department Chief George Turner's office said that several of the refurbished vehicles have been sent to the field.

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