Pasadena, Texas Police Department Buys 2020 Ford Mustang With Money From Speeding Tickets

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Pasadena Police Department (the one in Houston, not California) is dropping $49,275.82 on a white 2020 Mustang, paid for in part by funds gathered from speeding tickets. This won’t be the 730-horsepower Saleen Mustang police interceptor you see up top—the car the PPD is purchasing is a 2020 Mustang GT Fastback, which costs $37,604. Outfitting the car with emergency equipment will cost an additional $9,270, and its livery, which the department’s fleet manager Sergeant Glen Severs describes as “a patriotic look with American flags” that “will be red, white, and blue” will cost another $2,000.

“The money that is going to pay for this comes from the child safety fund, which is generated through speeding tickets and things like that,” said City Councilman Phil Cayten. His fellow Councilman Bruce Leamon explained that the city green-lit the expenditure with the hope of improving police officers’ relationship with the general public, especially young people.