POSTED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 4:57pm
UPDATED: Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 11:49am
SAN BENITO, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — The San Benito Police Department is in the process of making a deal to get ten new and improved patrol units.
"We are looking to purchase, right now, four Chevrolet Tahoes and six Ford Interceptors as an addition to the existing fleet," said San Benito assistant city manager Art Rodriguez.
Over the next one to five years, the city will be financing the new units. But these vehicles are not the only things that will be upgraded.
"The police department here in San Benito has been going through the process of changing from analog to digital," said Rodriguez. "We are currently operating digital in everything that we're doing. We're having a lot of upgraded software systems that are gonna be placed in these police cars, we've ordered equipment through Motorola, which has been financed as well. With the new police cars coming in, they will be equipped with the latest equipment and communication."
The San Benito has gotten the authorization to purchase ten new vehicles, but they're still in the planning process.
"It's a tedious process that requires complete cooperation with Motorola and Motorola, of course, is already working with us in those upgrades so I wish we could take all the units at one time and get them done but unfortunately it takes a few vehicles at a time so that we don't deplete the force that we need," said Rodriguez.
But despite the new advances in equipment, the real purpose of all these upgrades is to keep everyone in the city safe.
"Public safety of course is paramount to the city of San Benito and our citizens must receive the best public safety service we can provide," said Rodriguez. "We are responsible to have and obligated to have good-running vehicles, not only for the citizens but for the officers' safety factors as well."
Reporting in San Benito, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.