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City Council Approves New Wheeling Police Cruisers

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Police presence has doubled across the city of Wheeling since voters turned down the "two officers per cruiser" rule in November's election.

Since officers started going out one at a time, a need was recognized by Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger for more cars.

During Wheeling's City Council meeting Tuesday, council approved the purchase lease of four new Ford Police Interceptors.

Chief Schwertfeger said he felt they needed the four more cars to maintain a safe and adequate fleet.

"Today was an unforeseen expense that the city has to bear but I do appreciate the support of the city manager and city council," said Chief Schwertfeger.

Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie said they feel it's important to have what's best for them.

"We want to make sure our officers always have the very best equipment," said McKenzie.

The new cruisers will be purchased from Doan Ford in Belmont County.