Transit Police to get hot wheels
Transit Police are due for new vehicles, including a Ford Utility Interceptor. (SUBMITTED)
Transit Police are investing in some new wheels for their officers — $265,000 has been budgeted for three new SUVs and two cruisers.
Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan said on Tuesday they’ve already selected a model for one of the replacement vehicles. Up to $55,000 has been set aside for a new Ford Utility Interceptor for the Transit Police’s dog unit, a V6 vehicle that’s more fuel efficient than the V8 Ford Escape it’s expected to replace.
“The current one … has been around for a long time, it has over 180,000 (kilometres) on it,” Drennan said.
The other four vehicles are all patrol sedans first commissioned into service in 2008. They are expected to be replaced with new Ford or Chrysler vehicles.
Drennan said SUVs were chosen for two of the vehicles due to the increased interior space. She pointed out other jurisdictions, including Delta and New Westminster, have also included many SUVs into their fleets.
“The sedans are smaller and larger members, taller members in particular, are not comfortable in those vehicles,” she said.
“(But) it’s not a matter of wanting bigger or better cars, it’s an absolute necessity to replace these particular vehicles in 2014.”
Transit Police have a fleet of 30 vehicles, 16 of them are marked patrol cars.