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Monroe Police Cars Have a New Look

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Monroe Police Department unveils it's new fleet. The new technology inside the cars will allow them to respond to your calls faster, and will help keep the officers safer on the streets.

The cars are 2013 Dodge Chargers, with all the latest technology. Monroe Police Sargent, Mark Johnson, says "we're looking for that good community service. That's what these units are going to do for us."

The updates to these cars will help officers during traffic stops. Monroe Police Sargent, Craig Honeycutt, says "we'll have a system in the car where we can run the drivers license through the computer. All the information will pop up. It'll be a lot quicker on a traffic stop."

There is also an audio and video device that will allow officers to monitor suspects in the car, and record any traffic stop. Johnson says, "top of the line unit, top of the line equipment."

There are bars over the back windows. This will stop suspects from trying to break out the glass when they are in the car. It's also a way to make sure they don't escape.

These new cars will help officer response time to you. The computers allow officers to fill out reports from the field, without ever going to the police station. Honeycutt says, "it'll make our job easier. It will help us do our job a lot quicker, and move on to our next call."

The upgrade for the 10 cars carries a price tag of more than $400,000. Half went to buying the cars, the other half went to buying the equipment. Monroe Police Chief, Quentin Holmes, says "this is to show the transformation that this department is making. It's something the citizens will be proud of once they see, as well as the officers."

Holmes hopes to have an entire fleet of 60 cars just like these, in the next 5 years. Chief Holmes hopes to order the next round May 1st; with hopes to have them the first of December.

This is the first time the cars have been updated since 2009.

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