The Killeen Police Department is requesting the City Council’s authorization to purchase 20 new patrol units and a fully equipped tactical response unit for the department’s SWAT team.
According to city documents, the department is requesting the authorization to purchase 20 Chevrolet Tahoes, as well as voice radio systems, digital mobile data terminals and graphics kits for each vehicle.
The total cost of the vehicles and the equipment is $1.1 million. According to documents, $897,513 of the funding is available in the city’s general fund motor vehicles account, and the remaining $258,751 is available in the red-light enforcement fund.
The red-light enforcement fund generates revenue from the automated red-light cameras at some of the city’s busiest intersections.
The police department also is requesting a nearly $300,000 ballistic armored tactical transport vehicle equipped with emergency equipment and graphics kits.
Funding for the SWAT vehicle is available in the city’s general fund, according to documents.
In the 2014 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, the department expended approximately $510,221 on new and replacement equipment. Funding for the equipment comes from various accounts, including the department’s budget, state and federal grants and special accounts.
Since January, the council has given the department the go-ahead to purchase $393,102 worth of equipment, including 23 tactical vests and 231 FNH FN-15 military-style carbines.
During the 2012-2013 budget cycle, the council authorized the department to purchase and outfit 25 new vehicles at a cost of $1.4 million.
The request is slated to go before the council at its 5 p.m. workshop meeting today in the Utility Collections conference room, 210 W. Avenue C.