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La Joya PD receives new patrol units

La Joya Police have started using their new patrol units, an upgrade, officers believe has been a need for years.

La Joya Police have started using their new patrol units, an upgrade, officers believe has been a need for years.

Adolfo Arriaga, Chief of Police for La Joya says the new units are vital because officers would constantly run into car trouble.

“Sometimes the brakes would not work, the brake lines, the engines,” said Arriaga. “One of the units that we have started to smoke from the engine."

This is made worse by the fact that they are sometimes responding to calls in the brush, and leaving units in the repair shops would limit the number of officers dispatched to patrol the city.

“They couldn't sometimes work overtime because there were not enough units,” said Arriaga.

But after realizing that so much money was invested into maintaining the vehicle, the city agreed that it was time for a change.

"They surpassed the mileage and maintenance and operation and all that was needed to eventually request for some new vehicles,” said Mike Alaniz, La Joya City Administrator.

Each new unit will have cameras, which will help officers keep an eye on those arrested.

"If we’re driving to the police department and you want to see what the actual prisoners are doing or if they have a weapon or they didn't get pat down right,” said Arriaga. “You can actually be looking at the prisoner."

The units also have extra security to keep those arrested from escaping because with the old unit they would have to put the child lock on.

In addition, better lights were added considering limited lighting especially near the river.

"So, now at night our officers can be spotlighting the whole area,” said Arriaga.

All six units cost the city about $250,000, but the funds also came from grants and forfeit accounts.

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