City upgrading police cars

They may look bigger, but public safety officials say Grand Haven's newest patrol vehicle - the Ford Police Interceptor Utility - is efficient and can get the job done.
Alex Doty
Aug 11, 2012

“We feel that it is the best vehicle out there currently,” said Lt. Joe Boyle of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

City Council this week approved the purchase of two of the vehicles for the Department of Public Safety. The new vehicles will replace two police cars currently in service, and are expected to be on the streets within the next two months.

“The Ford Police Interceptor Utility is actually a smaller engine and a shorter vehicle than what is now on the road,” Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said. “It is taller, based on the crossover-type design.”

The new interceptors replace two aging Ford Crown Victorias. The Victorias have been in service for five years and have a combined 206,400 miles on them.

“It’s a significant departure from the past,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said of the new vehicles, noting that there is expected to be savings in fuel consumption and more room for supplies.

The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, which has been the staple of police fleets all over the country, is no longer in production. The Chevrolet Tahoe police package will also no longer be produced, and departments are now exploring options to replace them.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

Comments

sirhansalot

Grand haven has 3 police officers per 10000 people the average in the stae of miciagan is is 1.5 per 10000. Do we live in a high crime rate city? Of course not , we live in a small town with way to many officers. Time to start asking why, why why, some many officers.

twpresident

Not sure why sirhansalot is using an article about new police vehicles as a forum for staffing of the cities local police department, however the answer to his question is easy..............they are PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS which for the uneducated mean that they are police, firefighters and medical. That is the reason for the extra staffing is becuase they have extra police on for fire and ems response as well.

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