WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of District of Columbia police cruisers should be removed from the street and replaced, based on the district's maintenance standards.
The Washington Examiner (http://bit.ly/Z7NCu3 ) reports nearly a quarter of the Metropolitan Police Department's fleet should be replaced. They have exceeded the department's guidelines that cars be replaced after five years or 100,000 miles.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier wrote to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson last year, saying half the cruiser fleet exceeds the replacement criteria. She said cars were breaking down and requiring downtime for maintenance.
Last week, Mayor Vincent Gray proposed $7.2 million in his budget for police vehicles.
Mendelson says the city has to catch up from cuts under Mayor Adrian Fenty. Mendelson says he found the Fenty administration changed the standard for replacements to cut costs.