Pendleton Police improve response times with new all-wheel cars

Pendleton Police improve response times with new all-wheel cars

PENDLETON, Ore.– Pendleton Police Department is hoping to transition to a completely all-wheel drive police car fleet.

Police Chief Stuart Roberts said the city’s steep hills and sometimes snowy roads make responding to emergencies more difficult, especially when driving rear-wheel drive cars.

“These last couple of weeks have been a prime example of why we need them, said Chief Roberts referencing the recent snowy weather. “There have been a number of calls that we receive on an ongoing basis in residential neighborhoods that in past years were unreachable for us. We’d have to park several blocks away and go in on foot.”

The department has been able to acquire about nine all-wheel patrol cars in recent years and they are hoping to add more in the next fiscal year.