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100 Patrol Cars Donated to Detroit PD

March 25, 2013  | 

The Detroit PD will receive 100 donated patrol sedans, including Ford Police Interceptors (top), Chevrolet Caprice PPVs (left), and Dodge Charger Pursuits. Renderings courtesy of city of Detroit.
The Detroit PD will receive 100 donated patrol sedans, including Ford Police Interceptors (top), Chevrolet Caprice PPVs (left), and Dodge Charger Pursuits. Renderings courtesy of city of Detroit.

Detroit automakers and five other corporations promised $8 million to the city, including 100 new patrol vehicles for the Detroit Police Department, Mayor Dave Bing announced today.

The funds will bring each of the trio of new law enforcement sedans into the city, including the Chevrolet Caprice PPV, Dodge Charger Pursuit, and Ford Police InterceptorThe donation will also cover the cost of 23 ambulances for the Detroit Detroit Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division.

Detroit PD's interim Chief Chester Logan said the new vehicles will be greated enthusiastically by patrol officers.

"Having access to 100 new vehicles will make our police force more responsive to citizens and will help lift the morale of our officers," Chief Logan said. "We are grateful to the corporate leaders who made this possible."

Other companies who donated funds include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Quicken Loans, The Kresge Foundation, Penske Corporation, and Platinum Equity. FirstMerit Bank will serve as the financial partner as part of this project, according to the city.

This public safety announcement is related to Bing's Detroit One initiative, which seeks to reduce violent gun crimes in the city by 25% by the end of 2013.

Tags: Ford Police Interceptor, Patrol Cars, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Caprice, Detroit PD

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Comments (21)

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DEADMAN @ 3/25/2013 5:05 PM

I bet that 10% of those donated cars go to the Mayor,safety director,the head of council and the brass in the department as take home cars,nullifying the donation somewhat.

VEGAS1726 @ 3/25/2013 5:38 PM

MAYBE THEY CAN GIVE THEM TO GANG MEMBERS, AS AN INCENTIVE TO HAND OVER THEIR GUNS, YEA RIGHT. DEADMAN IS PROBABLY RIGHT. FROM THE SOUND OF THINGS THERE WON'T BE MANY COPS LEFT TO DRIVE THEM, THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING IN DETROIT!

glen @ 3/25/2013 6:02 PM

YEAH!
There probably won't be 100 officers left to drive them anyway...

Bob@Az. @ 3/25/2013 6:24 PM

Yo, DEADMAN, You may want to bump that up to 75%, as we all know the grunts are at the bottom of the benifit list. So sad. Blues, Stay Safe.

Former Chief @ 3/25/2013 7:42 PM

Give these vehicles to the line officers first, then to detectives, etc., up the ladder until you run out. This will boost morale and give the administration a favorable light with their troops AND the public...

Lenny @ 3/26/2013 2:28 AM

My But you are a whiny bunch. A once great and iconic American city is dying. People freeze and starve on it's streets and your concern is I want one of the new cars. Pathetic!

Mike @ 3/26/2013 5:08 AM

I thought Robo-Cop was patrolling Detroit!

Lt. Sal @ 3/26/2013 5:24 AM

I am proud the big three are giving cars, but our goverment must do something to refurbish this once great city. There are parts of the city that resemble third world countries. This was once a great country, how can we let this happen on our own soil. Stay safe.

Larry @ 3/26/2013 5:32 AM

Lenny your so right. If you look at the names of the mail senders I bet they are not from Michigan/Detroit. The Detroit police force will greatly appriciate the vehicles.

TERRY F. ZECH @ 3/26/2013 5:33 AM

Vehicles need to be utilized in Patrol. give the older vehicles to the detectives as they need to be in an undercover venue anyway.

Juan 10-13 @ 3/26/2013 6:18 AM

Hey Lenny and Larry I liked driving a brand spanking new RMP....(radio motor patrol)....just as much as any of my brothers. What the hell does new cars have to do with starving and freezing people? Yo Terry you head it right on the head....Patrol No.# 1 and then down the line.

Resident @ 3/26/2013 8:10 AM

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE PUT THEIR MONEY WHERE EVERYONE ELSES MOUTH IS! These folks DID NOT have to do this, but are trying to help us residents of the city! They deserve our heartfelt thanks! My only concern is WHO is going to be in charge of any actual money donated (out of the $8 mil), if there's any left after the 100 cars and 23 EMS units? AND yes, the cars need to go to the dedicated, underpaid patrol officers FIRST, then Detectives. But the 100 vehicles should NOT go further up the chain, with all the patrols needed, I'm sure that 100 can be totally used!

Bud @ 3/26/2013 8:21 AM

Hey why cant these other car makers do the samethings in the cities they'er in. Their product is so high you can't even buy them.

CJ @ 3/26/2013 9:46 AM

Lt. Sal: The government needs to save Detroit? I don't think that's the responsibility of government. And it looks like the private sector is stepping up quite nicely.

Ulver @ 3/26/2013 1:59 PM

Detroit: Just build a fence around it, and call it a prison.

davidobrien @ 3/26/2013 2:44 PM

I think that it is a great idea that the police and rescue teams are getting the new vehicles.They get paid very little for what they have to deal with everyday on the streets.Lets face it look at all the crime murders and deaths that they deal with.Keep safe to all the men and women who have to work the streets and deal with all the criminals.May god look after you while your on and off duty.

Jim A @ 3/26/2013 4:07 PM

GREAT that the employers that made Detroit the major power that it was are giving something back. Good job GM, Ford, Chrysler!

And the cars will go where they go. I depend on my administrators to make the right decisions. You should, too. You can't do anything about it anyway.

Marshal Fine @ 3/27/2013 7:44 AM

Great Job to the private sector companies that stept up here! A very real stand up deal for them! As for the government fixing Detroit... it is NOT their job alone. It MUST be the businesses, state and governments, and the citizens that live there. My heart goes out to our brothers and sisters on the job there. Stay Safe

Trigger @ 3/27/2013 11:56 AM

It is great that cars are being donated to DPD, hopefully they will be with the road grunts. Lt. Sal, the State and Federal Government has already dumped piles of money into Detroit with no avail. The Governor has appointed a Manager to over see Detroit to try to get it going again. Too many politics and too many theives from previous city leaders has not helped the once great city (a population of over 1 million is now around 750,000) . The city needs to crash and start out from the ruins, there is more to Michigan than Detroit.

Tim Mullins @ 3/28/2013 5:27 PM

It's pretty bad that the President is givings millions in tax dollars to mid eastern countries,Pakistan, Syria,Israel,etc. but we can't help our own cities and with millions of people still out of work facing an uncertain future.

Frank Sutton @ 7/12/2013 1:42 AM

It's a shame that Detroit is unable to maintain a modern fleet of late model cars for its PD funded by tax dollars. I'm guessing that Detroit has a pretty large PD and that its officers are not assigned "take-home" cars like they are where I live. In Southeastern Virginia and Northeatern NC most agencies assign individual take home cars to all their Police Officers of all ranks (Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffulk, Virginia State Police, ABC Agents, Game Wardens, Virginia Beach, Currituck County N. C., N. C. Highway Patrol, ALE Agents, Game Wardens, and SBI Agents). It's part of the standard employment package; I feel bad for Detroit cops, too little compensation and support for too heavy a burden.

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