Luxurious cop cars defended

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POLICE chiefs have defended senior officers’ use of three luxury cars worth at least £75,000 in the wake of budget cuts.

Durham Constabulary recently made 86 civilian staff redundant and are planning to save £6million by having 110 fewer officers.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that since 2006 the force spent at least £75,000, with total service costs of £17,000, on three luxury motors.

But the force was quick to defend its actions, saying the vehicles represent value for money.

Mike Mastaglio, the force’s fleet manager, said: “Each of the three vehicles currently used by the executive team will remain in service for around four years, covering anything up to 90,000 miles in that time.

“When insurance, fuel, and general running costs are taken into account, these cars represent excellent value for money.”

Mr Mastaglio added that one member of staff is employed as a driver, enabling all four executives to carry on working while travelling to and from business appointments, catching up on paperwork or emails. He said the cars are also operational police vehicles, meaning they can be deployed at incidents.