NATCHEZ – The Natchez Town Police Department recently received a new fleet of vehicles featuring a new bridge logo and traditional red and blue lights. The new design was unveiled on Friday morning in front of Natchez town hall.
Natchez Police Chief Joseph Daughtry said there are currently 9 new patrol cars with the new logo in the NPD fleet as well as two new commander vehicles, an unmarked detective vehicle and a police vehicle. criminal investigator with possibly other vehicles to come later.
The mayor of Natchez and the council of aldermen authorized a lease-purchase agreement for a total of 15 new vehicles for police and firefighters in March as part of a government Enterprise fleet program.
The program is expected to save the city tens of thousands of dollars each year on vehicle maintenance, officials said. With the Enterprise program, the only maintenance costs for the city would be oil changes, brake changes and tires, and Enterprise will replace vehicles that reach over 60,000 miles, officials said.
The cost of leasing the 15 vehicles – including two detective cars and 13 patrol cars – is $ 150,000 for the first year and $ 132,000 for the next three years, Daughtry said in March.
There were 36 vehicles in the city’s fleet, most of which are 2013 models with an average of over 107,000 miles, he said.
Employees add at least 15,000 miles to them each year for their daily work and the department spends nearly $ 11,000 per vehicle on maintenance, he said.
All new vehicles are all-wheel drive, which departments desperately needed during the winter storm in February, he said.
The new design of the NPD vehicle has the Mississippi River Bridge in the logo.
“We wanted to use the bridge in the background and we even change our patches (on our uniforms) so that our patches have the bridge because we want to bridge the gap with the community,” Daughtry said. “This is the theme behind everything we do now.”
Daughtry said the lights have also changed from solid blue to “old school” red and blue lights which will improve visibility for other drivers in fog.