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Greenville Police get more upgraded wheels

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Officers are hitting the streets in style and in more efficient cars.

In January, the department started switching out its Crowd Victoria cars with 2013 Ford Interceptors.

Officers in the traffic safety unit are also upgrading from Harley's to BMW motorcycles.

On Monday, the City Council agreed to buy 13 more cars and two more motorcycles.

"Just like when you put mileage on your car and it's reached a point to go make that trade in. Our guys sometimes have to drive at a high rate of speed and be extremely safe and keep our population safe. We are going to make sure out officers are equipped to be able to do that," said Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas

The total cost of the new vehicles is more than $409,000.

To pay for the cars the city uses money from previous car sales.

Deputy Chief Ted Sauls says when Ford discontinued the Crown Victoria; the Police Department had to start looking for new state approved cars.

"We sent of our command staff personnel to an expo where we can actually get in each one of the vehicles and see the different types of vehicles and what the features were, and the Ford Interceptor is what we landed on," said Sauls.

Police say they hope to have all the old cars switched out by next year.



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