Central Georgia Tech campus police doubles fleet with donation from Warner Robins police

efarlow@macon.comAugust 2, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Central Georgia Technical College accepted a donation of more than 500,000 miles on Friday.

The city of Warner Robins and the Warner Robins Police Department gave five surplus police vehicles to the college -- a donation that doubles the campus police department’s fleet.

Warner Robins police recently purchased 11 new vehicles with special purpose local option sales tax money, said Mayor Chuck Shaheen. Once the police department bought the new cars, they needed to get rid of the old ones.

“Usually we sell (surplus police vehicles),” said Shaheen. “But a government entity can donate them to another government entity.”

Shaheen asked Central Georgia Tech police Chief Bob Wilbanks, a former Warner Robins city councilman, how the city could help the college.

Wilbanks said he began to ask about the surplus vehicles, but “before I got the question fully out of my mouth, (Shaheen) said, ‘It’s a great idea. Let’s do it.’ ”

City Council got involved, and soon the police department at Central Georgia Technical College had new cars.

New to them, at least.

Shaheen said the Ford Crown Victorias were the best of the surplus vehicles.

“But they need a paint job,” he added.

Before the vehicles are put to use, students at Central Georgia Tech will give the cars a makeover.

“Our students will refresh and refurbish these cars, get them painted with logos and seals,” said college President Ivan Allen.

After the vehicles are refurbished, they should last several years, said Warner Robins police Chief Brett Evans. He said the cars, which have about 100,000 miles each, should last for another 200,000 miles.

The vehicles will be divided among the three main campuses of Central Georgia Tech in Warner Robins, Macon and Milledgeville.

“As far as budget goes, monetarily it helps us,” said Wilbanks. It also helps “enhance our capability to protect and serve.”

To contact writer Emily Farlow, call 744-4225.

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