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Ohio Agency Adds $3.5M In Patrol Vehicles

September 11, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Toledo PD.
Photo courtesy of Toledo PD.
The Toledo (Ohio) Police Department is revamping its police fleet with 117 new Ford vehicles at a cost of nearly $3.5 million.

The new vehicles include 28 Ford Police Interceptor sedans, 25 Ford P.I. Utility vehicles, 51 Ford Fusion sedans, seven E-150 vans, five police wagons, and one Ford Expedition.

The city authorized the purchase of the marked and unmarked vehicles from its capital-improvements fund earlier this year. The vehicles were unveiled this week and several have been issued to patrol officers, Sgt. Joe Heffernan told PoliceMag.com.

"The thing that sold us most on Ford was the handling and the fact that they have the SUV that's pursuit rated," Sgt. Heffernan said. "The vehicles handle extremely well. They get 20 percent better gas mileage than the Crown Vics. A big selling point for us was the 75 mph rear crash rating."

The P.I. sedans and utility vehicles are being rolled out for the agency's three patrol shifts. The vehicles will replace many of the aging Ford Crown Vics and Dodge Chargers, including about half of the marked units.

The agency acquired several specialty vehicles, including 12 E-150 vans. Seven of those vans will be assigned to the agency's Scientific Investigation Unit (SIU) that processes crime scenes. The vans can accommodate scene lighting and other bulky investigative equipment. Five of the vans will be converted into police wagons to transport groups of arrestees during events or University of Toledo parties.

Detectives will receive the unmarked Fusion sedans, and the Ford Expedition will be assigned to the SWAT team. Storage racks for tactical rifles and other SWAT equipment will be added so the vehicle can respond to small riots, Heffernan said.

The agency purchased the vehicles from Brondes Ford, and has contracted with D.R. Ebel to equip them with police equipment. The $3.47 million allocated also covers the installation of equipment including lighbars, push bumpers, rifle racks, cages, in-vehicle computers, and video equipment.

Tags: Toledo (Ohio) PD, Patrol Cars, Managing a Police Fleet, Ford Police Interceptor


Comments (4)

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bob keel @ 9/14/2013 6:40 AM

Im one of the mechanics for the City of Toledo that equipped the new vehicles NOT DR Ebil it was kept in house.They only installed the push bars and cameras.The outfitting of the SUV's were simple but the Sedans where a little bit more time consuming.The space in the Sedans prisoner compartment is small while the SUVs in a lot bigger all in all they where easy to outfit.

Firecop @ 9/16/2013 5:21 AM

Good sale for Ford. Obviously the Crown Victoria is gone and this looks like another agency that found the Dodge Charge to be too fragile for patrol work. I hope Chrysler gets it right soon....stay safe.

Tom C. @ 9/24/2013 1:12 PM

We have a couple of new PI Utilities and love them. The PI Sedan is a great vehicle and a great one to serve along side the PI Utility, but the back seats are so small that putting a standard prisoner partition in there makes it hard to put a prisoner in back. Will Toledo be installing standard partitions on the Sedans? Has any one installed half partitions that place the prisoner in a compartment behind the front seat passenger and allows for the driver's seat to be moved all the rearward?

Sheriff @ 10/2/2013 6:29 AM

Charles County MD sheriff purchased 80 Fords and did install the half partition in most of their fleet.

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