“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.
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