The city will acquire seven six cylinder four-door sedans of either Ford, Plymouth or Chevrolet in a $9,800 deal for use as police cars. That’s $1,400 per vehicle, when the average car cost about a grand.
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Well, I exaggerate. But in early January 1950, the Long Beach Police Dept. announced that police officers “no longer may use their badges as passes for a free ride on City Lines busses” and that all 1949 passes be turned in.
The department has 50 bus passes this year, police personnel officer Capt Otto Faulkner said. Most of them will be used by school crossing guards and a dozen will bs kept in Faulkner’s office for use as needed. Last year 250 passes were issued to police by the Bureau of Franchises.
The fire department passes are used primarily by members of the Fire Prevention Bureau, while the post office passes are used for employees traveling between post office stations