The New Iberia City Council approved the purchase of a $9,190 Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle for the city’s new police department at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
The bike is being purchased from the city of Lake Charles, who Mayor Freddie DeCourt said offered the motorcycle at a fraction of what the normal price would be.
“It would be like $25,000 all rigged up,” DeCourt said. “All we have to do with this is peel off the Lake Charles decal, it’s got lights and everything. We have another motorcycle for $5,000 that we’re purchasing today, it’s a little older and has more miles but both of these bikes are fully rigged, that’s what makes it a good deal.”
“I just want to say this is a conservative way of saving our funds and doing the right thing,” Councilman Dustin Suire said. “I just wanted to make it clear to the public what the price of a new one would be.”
Councilwoman Sherry Guidry, a Harley rider herself, said a Road King would usually go out at a price of $20,000 to $30,000 and was excited about the deal.
“Police departments cooperate,” DeCourt said. “This is my first encounter with this but I’m amazed at how much they cooperate. They’re seeing that we’re the only community to make a police department this size from the ground up and they’re stepping up.”
The mayor said the city he’s managed to buy police vehicles at a cheaper price thanks to a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Lafayette Police Department for five cars.