The City of Oregon has authorized the purchase of a 2013 Chrysler 300 for the Oregon Police Department during its September 9 meeting.
The cost of the vehicle is $25,000. With a trade in of one vehicle for $5,800 plus rebates and discounts, the total cost of the new unit is $20,000. The winning bid came from Grogan’s Town Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, of Toledo.
Police Chief Michael Navarre said the department did not anticipate the purchase when it prepared its current
budget. Navarre added the current vehicle being used by a detective has 130,000 miles and would need too much work, including the rebuilding of the engine, to keep it on the road.
Navarre said the department had $21,000 in the budget that had not been spent. Navarre said the type of vehicle to be used by the detective had to blend in with the type of work the detective is involved in.
“It is used for surveillance and undercover activity,” Navarre said. “He needs a vehicle that fits in. It’s important for it to be the right vehicle. “
Council also agreed to renew its contract with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the countywide OVI Task Force in order to provide targeted enforcement activity.
Navarre told council the department has been involved in the program for several years. The contract allows for the reimbursement to the department for hourly costs associated with the OVI program.
Navarre said traditionally the department spends between $12,000 - $15,000 per year for the program which includes providing DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols around major holidays.