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SUV's to become Lubbock's next generation of police cars

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By Christie Post - email and By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You can expect to see some changes to the Lubbock Police Department's fleet. LPD is buying 50 new SUV or Sport Utility Vehicles to replace aging police cars. 

Police have traditionally used a Ford Crown Victoria as their most common vehicle.  However, Mayor Tom Martin says the Crown Victoria is no longer an option.  Internet reports indicate that Ford will stop production of that particular model in 2011. 

"I did talk with the police administrators and it's not going to be as much as we thought," said Councilman Floyd Price, Lubbock City Council.

Councilman Floyd Price said city leaders across the country face the same challenge as Lubbock, now that Ford will stop making the Crown Victoria.

"There is two options out there. Chevrolet is going to make police cruiser. Anytime something is new, you don't want to be the first guinea pig to pick up on that new automobile," said Price.

Price said the city tried a new car before, without good results. "We went to a Chrysler that was made and it was not proven and of course it cost the city lots of money," said Price.

Price said they went with the Chevrolet Tahoe for several reasons: it's high enough off the road, it fits the necessary equipment, and it's rear wheel drive, which price, a former police officer himself said is a must for high speed pursuits. "So it's going to be good for the police department," said Price.

The city said the fuel cost will be comparable, so we did some checking. According to Gene Messer Ford and Chevrolet, the Crown Victoria gets 16 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. And The Tahoe gets 15 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway. "It's about the same," said Price.

Price said the city will have to buy new prisoner dividers for the Tahoes, but he says that's an expense they would also have with changes in the Crown Victoria. Police said the old cars will be used until they are out of commission and sold at auction.

Companies wishing to sell 50 SUV's to Lubbock police have until December 16th at 3:00 PM to submit a bid.

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