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Video: Detroit Pays $65K To Lease 2004 Police Car

May 08, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Detroit's $65K Police Car

The Detroit Police Department has been wildly overpaying for their unmarked undercover and surveillance cars—a mistake one expert estimates caused $4 million in waste, a WXYZ investigation found.

The department has been paying $600 or more in some cases to lease unmarked police cars. In one case, the department has been paying $608 to lease a 2004 Dodge Intrepid.

The high payments resulted because the department didn't return the vehicles before the expiration of the two-year leases. The department now has 110 cars on the road with expired leases of up to six years. The department has also been shouldering maintenance costs on the cars and paying a mileage overage cost of 15 cents per mile for fuel that kicks in once the cars cross the 60,000 miles permitted in the lease.

Read the full WXYZ report.

Tags: Managing a Police Fleet, Detroit PD, Surveillance


Comments (11)

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Bill @ 5/8/2012 7:10 PM

And we wonder why the government is broke.

Deadman @ 5/9/2012 1:03 AM

Is Detroit still part of The United States?Don't tell me,the dealership is owned by the mayors brother or it is getting an energy subsidy from the obama administration.How can they still be cops and let something like that happen on their watch?

USA @ 5/9/2012 7:39 AM

Detroit has some very good officers - they are NOT the ones that approve and pay for leases, etc. They don't handle the "books" on these expenses - Yes, the ones assigned the U/C cars should have questioned the "higher ups" but then they'd probably be on the unemployment line for questioning the "Money approvers at City Hall!" Shame on the City hall bunch! But on the flip side, there are some "regular, little guy" employees that I truly believe work hard and have ethics and integrity and YES take pride in doing their job correctly! I imagine these "black eyes" that the city keeps getting is affecting them unjustly. I feel sorry for any of them that have to list "City of Detroit employee" on their resumes!

Rev. Lowrey @ 5/9/2012 7:58 AM

I doubt that any officers were privy to the lease contract information. Detroit's problems have always been corruption and mismanagement in city administration. While the Detroit Police have had a sad record of "off duty" corruption (selling drugs, running blind pigs, murder for hire, etc.) - during their duty hours they have a good reputation for being "regular" people who do not abuse their positions of trust. This report is an administrative issue and not one of corrupt cops. And yes, the leasing company has had the contract for decades following the same practices. Michigan's Tea Party Government has been gutting public service rosters when they should instead be rooting out corrupt administrators and honoring the constitution and self-rule. Detroit cops are tough, but they do their criminal crap on their own time, not the taxpayer's dime.

Jenny @ 5/9/2012 12:20 PM

Rev. Lowrey, (5/9/12 7:58 am) I have to totally disagree with you on one important thing, CORRUPTION (selling drugs, murder for hire, running blind pigs) is CORRUPTION, no matter how you spell it, ON or OFF duty. Sorry. I know there are good, proud, law abiding officers that would be offended by your statement. I can't believe you think because they sell drugs, murder for hire, etc. on their own time that you would condone that! If you were trying to "make a joke" about this, it really wasn't funny, and it's really not a joking matter. As I said, Corruption is Corruption no matter how you spell it, or what time of day or night you participate in it. Officers are always held to a higher standard, than just the "regular" folks.

Jason Barnes @ 5/9/2012 3:51 PM

Detroit is a bastion of many types of dishonesty and general crookedness. Not just the unions, but affirmative action and other forms of discrimination. If Detroit were an animal it would be euthenized without delay.

Highway @ 5/9/2012 6:15 PM

What ever happened to all the cars seized in narcotic or other operations, why can't they be used after the case is over...How about all the towed auto's which are never claimed......Wow, the city could even bid on these autos at auction. You have to be kidding me, renting vehicles.....C'mon guys, this isn't brain surgery !!!

Frank @ 5/10/2012 6:00 AM

@Rev. Lowery....your logic is misguided to say the least.

Bob@Az. @ 5/10/2012 8:20 AM

Yo, Rev!, Your blaming the "Tea Party" for Chicagos problems? Last I checked the last 15 mayors of Chicago were Dems. Not that politics have anything to do with it. Theres' a hell of a lot of good cops in CPD that have to fight the stereotype they've been saddled with. You want to talk "gutting"? Start at the top: The Mayor & his cronies. How many Officers shy of requirement is the CPD now? This thin blue line is stretched to the breaking point, putting Officers in jeopardy ever time they respond to a call. Chicago, wake up before it's too late.

Fisherman @ 5/13/2012 3:50 PM

Detroit is run by blacks. It has been proven they can't run a weiner roast, never mind a city, state, or nation. Face facts!

Bob@Az. @ 5/30/2012 9:13 PM

Sorry "fisherman", can't agree with you and I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent. I know too many blues in different shades, from white to yellow to brown to black who lay their lives on the line every day. I hope your not that picky about the guy, or gal, that pulls your sorry ass out of the line of fire. We all bleed red.

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