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Police testing new cars

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Richland Police felt a need for speed Wednesday.  They're testing out a new car that could replace their current cruisers.

"The Ford Crown Victoria is going away as a police car.  They're no longer manufacturing it, and it's kind of a staple in the law enforcement community," says Sgt. Mike Harrison, Richland Police Department.

Now they're testing two cars, the Dodge Charger and the Chevy Caprice.

"The Dodge Charger has been around in the law enforcement community for a while.  Caprice was in the law enforcement community, they stopped manufacturing and now they're reintroducing it, so it's a new car," says Harrison.

The police department will replace 22 cars over the next few years.  They're looking at safety, reliability, and cost.

"Is it a good return on investment for the taxpayers because that's how we pay for these is through tax money so we want to give the best return to our citizens that we can," says Harrison.

Richland Police will be testing the cars again on Thursday.  They will make a decision by January 2012.

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