With its fleet, BPD puts citizens’ safety first

The Borger Police Department recently made some changes in its fleet, ones that will continue to help the department put the safety of citizens first.According to its annual report, last year the department looked hard at its vehicle fleet to determine what (if any) changes needed to be made. Things that were examined included appearance, maintenance, number of vehicles, how they were utilized, cost, and fuel consumption.Several changes were made in car assignments to better utilize vehicle type and age. Maintenance, fuel consumption, age, and mileage were determined to be better than average. Vehicles not meeting the standards were sold at auction. However, the department determined that the appearance of its marked units needed to be updated.Before any change occurred, a criteria was established and followed, which included having police cars that presented a professional image, vehicles that were easily identifiable as police cars in all conditions, cars with reflective markings for safety, and ones that were cost-effective to apply and maintain. The department also weighed the possibility of changing the entire fleet.With the criteria set, a committee was appointed to solicit design ideas from all BPD officers, determine costs, and make a final recommendation to Chief Jimmy Adams for approval.The final black and white design was developed, researched, and submitted by the committee, approved by the chief and city manager, and was implemented on the four new trucks that were purchased this year. A schedule was established for the entire fleet to be changed.The new design on the vehicle incorporates the new shoulder patch that was implemented this year. By putting all of these elements together, the department hopes to portray itself as a progressive professional agency. The changes in the fleet have been well received by the officers and the public, is cost effective to apply and maintain, and will meet the needs of the department for the foreseeable future.The department currently has 16 marked units and six unmarked units.