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Police consolidation discussed in Cicero

In order to review the issue further, Zambrano said that she will be a part of developing an advisory committee to study the department and the town's needs thoroughly.

During these economic times, Zambrano said she believes "consolidation could lead to savings for the town."

"If we're going to eventually consolidate," Zambrano said. "Why are we spending all this money now?"

Snell described the vehicle purchases as a necessity to the department, which includes three costs within the total estimate of $49,118. The state bid would most likely total $21,000 per vehicle; striping would cost $525 per vehicle and the conversion of old equipment to the new vehicle would cost about $3,034 per vehicle.

"If you're going to maintain a police department, then you need to maintain the safety of the vehicles," Snell said.

Using the standard model of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, Snell said the Cicero Police Department also retires patrol vehicles after they reach 125,000 miles on the odometer.

If the bids come back and the purchases are made, Snell said the department will retire two vehicles that are due to hit the 125,000-mile mark by the end of the year.

After the purchase is made, Snell said it's about five months until the vehicles will be issued and converted, and then ready for the department's use.

Since 2006, Snell said the department has focused on purchasing two to three vehicles each year to stay in line with the needs of the town. According to his estimates, Snell said the patrol cars are driven between 20,000 and 24,000 miles per year.

"The Cicero Police Department is conservative and fiscally conscious," Snell said in comparison to departments across the county and Central New York.

Cicero currently employs 14 full-time police officers and 10 part-time officers, according to Snell.

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