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 Interceptor. The 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.