An audit of the Dallas police patrol car fleet found cars as old as 1995 that should have been retired a decade ago, says the Dallas Morning News. Police brass admit that much of the blame for recent patrol car shortages rests with the agency’s own mismanagement. About six weeks ago, WFAA and the Morning News reported on officers showing up for work only to find so many cars in the shop that there were too few to drive.
Cars must record 100,000 miles before they are replaced. “Nobody wants to drive around in a 1995 Caprice that has more seniority than probably half the officers in the department,” said patrol Officer Joe Hawkins. Officers are unhappy when they have to do their shifts in 100-degree heat wearing steaming bulletproof vests and with no air conditioning.