Some changes are being made to the Russellville City Police Department and they will soon be very visible to the public.
Six new police cruisers have been purchased by the city for $150,000. This budgeted expense includes new equipment on the cruisers. Then cars have LED lights to help save on battery drainage and kill switches that will allow some of the running systems inside the car to shut off after a length of time to also save on the car’s electrical system.
What is so different, other than being brand new, is the color of the cars. Most citizens are used to seeing the traditional blue and white cruisers which have been recognizable as the Russellville City Police, the new cruisers; however, look a great deal different as they are painted black and gold.
“Chief Shifflett asked me if we could change the color of the cruisers. He showed me black and gold and I thought it looked nice,” said Mayor Mark Stratton. They had contemplated black and white, but thought that may look to much like the sheriff’s department and didn’t want to cause confusion.
The Russellville Police Department currently has 15 cruisers in its fleet including the new cars. Mayor Stratton says eventually the whole fleet will be replaced with black and gold as funds are permitted.
“I would like to implement a rotation program where every few years we can purchase more cruisers. This helps keep the vehicles from wearing out,” said Stratton.