The Pflugerville (Texas) Police Department is switching to Chevrolet Tahoes as its new patrol vehicle because of their versatility, according to the agency.

"After testing the Chevrolet Tahoe, the department was sold," Chief Chuck Hooker said. "We were surprised by the fuel efficiency, handling capabilities and overall performance. The Tahoe sits higher than our current vehicles improving vision, has greater interior space for all our required technology, is a bit more comfortable for the officer and provides additional storage space for equipment."

The new Tahoes will be used by officers with the community services, administration, street response team, and patrol divisions. In addition, the criminal investigations and narcotics divisions will add two new Ford Escapes and a Chevrolet pickup truck.

The police vehicles are end-of-year purchases funded through the city's general fund and funded through the 2012 budget.

In 2011, the department added six patrol units, one detective unit, and two motorcycles. In the 2012 budget, the department has five patrol units, one detective unit, and one animal control truck.