BATON ROUGE – When you have seen a automobile lot just lately, you might have observed there are quite a bit fewer automobiles on the market to purchase. A chip scarcity is plaguing the auto trade, which implies there are fewer vehicles to promote. It is affecting many individuals and organizations, together with the Baton Rouge Police Division.
Police rack up 1000’s of miles driving to and from scenes. Their items are purported to be swapped out each few years, however for the final two years they have been having to make these items final a bit longer.
“The automobile itself is our workplace,” Sgt. L’Jean McKneely stated. “It takes us wherever we have to go all through the town.”
Some automobiles utilized by officers have 200,000-plus miles on them. Whereas some items are newer, others are 2014 and 2012 and racking up giant upkeep prices. But it surely’s not really easy getting new vehicles proper now.
With COVID and provide chain points, it has been tougher for BRPD to switch its fleet. BRPD says it has 280 items on order proper now and as time goes on that quantity solely grows whereas extra items age out.
“We began the method in 2020 and now with the deficiency of vehicles accessible to everybody, we’re having to take care of that similar to everyone else,” McKneely stated.
For upkeep causes, BRPD hoped to modify over to 1 car, however the look forward to Chevy Tahoes alone would take even longer. BRPD has reached out to different distributors and their fleet will likely be made up of Dodge Durangos and Ford Explorers, too. Some items, exterior of that 280 quantity, have arrived at BRPD just lately. These 30 or so items cannot be used but as a result of they have not been outfitted – extra provide chain points.
“They need to be outfitted with tools, and the tools itself is on backlog so we’re ready on vehicles, we’re ready on tools and we’re doing one of the best we are able to with what now we have,” he stated.
Which means doubling up for among the 580 officers till the brand new items they’ve can hit the road and different items are delivered.
“New officers are driving their private automobiles to districts after which they’re doubling up with different officers.”
Then they head out to service calls. BRPD prefers officers to be in their very own items to allow them to reply to completely different calls and for visibility functions.
There is no actual timeframe for when the 280 items will arrive. All BRPD is aware of is that they are coming they usually’re in fixed contact with sellers.