Three New Mobile Crime Units on Patrol in Big Spring

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Out with the old and in with the new. Big Spring Police are now rolling around in brand new mobile crime units. The three tricked out trucks are the latest crime fighting units on four wheels. Big Spring authorities were working with ten year-old gutted Tahoe's. Not only were these SUV's costing the city in maintenance but they just weren't cut out for the job.

"We were working out of Tahoe's, which they actually took out the backseats of the Tahoe's, so they could carry their equipment in. At the time, we thought that would be a good vehicle for them to have, we found that probably wouldn't have been the best vehicle," Lt. Terry Chamness with the Big Spring Police Department, said.

So the Big Spring Police decided to trash their Tahoe's and get three new vehicles for the technicians.

"Ford has come out with their Transit.  It's a European style van, it's funny looking, everybody's calling it the ice cream truck, it's a different style but it's going to work perfect for what we're doing in evidence collection," Chamness said.

Before Police only had two crime units to work out of but now they're sharing services with the county, they added one more to their fleet.

"Because we have three different technicians and any of them can be called out at any time, especially if one's working out in the city we can have one responding out to the county. With the three of them that gives us plenty of coverage," Chamness said.

Two of the Transits were purchased with the city budget and the 3rd one was purchased with a grant. But the savings are already adding up with every fill-up the city saves over thirty dollars.

"The guys love 'em. When you look at the guys they looking like 'am I going to have enough room in there?' One of my ID techs is 6'7" and he has plenty of room. He couldn't believe how much room there was in it," Chamness said.

The new Transit's cost around $21,000 a piece. The police department believes it's a great investment and worth every penny.