COPY-Arkadelphia police order hybrid patrol cars

Associated Press - August 24, 2009 8:34 AM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkadelphia Police Department is going hybrid with its patrol cars.

Police Chief Al Harris says he was impressed when a thief in a stolen hybrid car left officers in Crown Victorias in the dust during a chase through Clark County earlier this year.

This fall the department will get a new fleet of 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrids.

Arkadelphia is thought to be the first law-enforcement agency in Arkansas to put a full fleet of hybrids on patrol. The companies that outfit cars with police gear, the state's main training academy and various law-enforcement officials had heard of no other agencies making such a large-scale switch.

The hybrids cost about $1,500 more per unit than traditional police cars but City Manager Jimmy Bolt says they're expected to last longer and use less gas.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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