The Macon Police Department gave out 31 new cars Monday.
Captains chose officers for the new vehicles based on their performance in the field.
Macon Mayor Robert Reicherrt says the new patrol vehicles are replacing cars that are close to 15 years old. "To keep some of the older equipment on the road," says Reichert, "not only was it unsafe and unreliable, it was also costing us an arm and a leg."
The new cars come with all the bells and whistles like top-of-the-line lights, sirens, cages and gun racks.
Public information officer Jami Gaudet says the new equipment will benefit everyone in Macon, not just the police force. "They need to be safe, "she says, "and when we need those officers at breakneck speed to go to the site of an accident or to thwart crime, we want the best of the best for the best of the best and we think those vehicles are that."