Daytona Beach, FL – On Wednesday, The Daytona Beach City Commission approved the purchase of more than $1 million in police cars, radios, and computers for Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) as the police department is in the process of hiring 24 new officers for a growing area of the city. According to City records, DBPD is currently working on hiring 43 new officers, and 24 of those officers will be assigned to a “new growth” area surrounding LPGA Blvd. and Williamson Blvd., including the Tanger Outlet Mall. 19 of those officers will fill current vacancies. Funds for the new positions are available in the police department’s operating budget, and the new officers will provide additional services for the rapidly developing area. In order to accommodate the new hires, the City Commission approved $957,679.27 for 24 new police vehicles, $35,631.36 for 24 new Dell laptop computers, and $105,861.44 for 24 police radios for DBPD. The new equipment will be eligible to be covered by police impact fees. Another item the City Commission approved was the authorization of a total of $2,000 to go to Bethune-Cookman University for a campaign to place a statue of civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune in the National Statuary Hall of Fame in the U.S. Capitol. $1,000 will come from the Bike Week Sponsorship Funds of Commissioner Rob Gilliland, and $1,000 will come from the Bike Week Sponsorship Funds of Commissioner Paula Reed. Photo courtesy Lee Woods and flickr.com. Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2018.