Pine Bluff city officials rolled out their latest purchases from proceeds from the five-eighths-cent capital improvement tax Tuesday afternoon — seven brand-new police cars.

Pine Bluff city officials rolled out their latest purchases from proceeds from the five-eighths-cent capital improvement tax Tuesday afternoon — seven brand-new police cars.

“We want to share with the citizens of Pine Bluff where their tax dollars are going,” Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. said of the new Dodge patrol cars, which will all be assigned to the department’s Patrol Division, and which were parked at Saracen Landing for an afternoon press conference.

The vehicles will replace cars that currently have more than 150,000 mile on them, and will be assigned to patrol lieutenants and sergeants, whose current cars will be assigned to patrol officers.

Deputy Chief Susie Powell, who supervises the Patrol Division, said the cars currently driven by supervisors have between 20 and 25,000 miles on them, and reassigning those cars to patrol officers “will actually give us an extra year of usage,” since the supervisors have duties in addition to patrol, and are not driving their cars as much as the patrol officers.

With two separate groups of day-shift and night-shift officers, Powell said patrol cars are assigned to just one shift, so that unlike previous years when the cars were in use 24 hours a day, “now they get a 12-hour break.”

Redus said that allows each officer to have a car, and also cuts down on the wear and tear on the vehicles.

“They’re going to be able to patrol more consistently, and one of the things we hear from citizens who call the mayor’s office is that the police are more visible now,” Redus said. “Crime has been down for eight months now and we anticipate it will be down for the entire year.”

He said the city plans to replace eight to 10 police cars annually, so “we can be sure that our vehicles are top of the line.”

Powell said radios still have to be installed in the new cars, and the department “anticipates putting them on the streets next week.”