MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile police have new equipment to help fight crime in the city. Seven new motorcycles were unveiled Wednesday, May 15.
They were paid for with money from the controversial penny sales tax.
Mobile Police Chief Micheal T. Williams took a quick ride on one of seven new Harley Davidson motorcycles. The new additions bring his fleet up to 26.
"This is a very dangerous job. They must have the best equipment, the best gear, and the best training," said Chief Williams.
The state-of-the art motorcycles cost nearly $185,000.
It's money from the penny sales tax increase passed by the city council in October 2012 that paid for them.
Mayor Sam Jones said the bulk of the capital money from the tax was always intended for police, fire, and public services.
"It takes three to six months to deliver. So we have a lot of orders out, this is one of the first to come in," Mayor Jones said.
The chief is also looking for 70 new patrol cars.
"We've got about five or six in. They're slowly starting to come in and so we expect sometime around June to have a large number of those police cars in," Chief Williams said.
The sales tax dollars aren't coming in as quickly as city leaders had hoped, but Mayor Jones said they're making the best of the money they've received so far.
Some of that money is even making its way to Ladd Peebles Stadium.
"During the course of a football game the mid field area is always going to have the most amount of play. You'll probably have more wear and tear here," Stadium General Manager Vic Knight explained.
The city approved $300,000 to replace the artificial turf that was originally installed in 2004.
Knight is glad the city came through with some money for the project before football season kicks off in August.
"You're always concerned about financial situations like that, and whether or not the money would be there to do it, but, this was really imperative. It's imperative for the safety of the players that come here," Knight said.
Work on the new field will begin in about two weeks.
In addition to the motorcycles, the city also purchased radar equipment and four segways for officers who will patrol downtown.
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