Chattanooga police officers asked the Cit Council today to intervene in the buying of new patrol cars for investigators, saying the Ford Focuses being purchased were too small for police work.
“We can’t do our jobs,” said Sgt. Craig Joel, vice president for the local Fraternal Order of Police.
City officials said 30 Ford Focuses were bought last year and given to investigators. Patrol officers still drive Ford Crown Victorias.
But Joel said investigators, who sometimes have to work patrol, do not have enough storage space in the Focuses.
Paul Page, director of general services for the city, said officials would consult with the police department to figure out if the Focuses are appropriate for police use.
The city plans on purchasing more cars within the next two months, he said.
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Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...