City look­ing to add 13 new po­lice ve­hi­cles to fleet

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY + REGION - MOR­GAN MODJESKI mmod­jeski@post­ Twit­­ganM_SP

Po­lice of­fi­cers in Saska­toon may soon get to en­joy a touch of that new car smell.

The City of Saska­toon has is­sued a ten­der for the sup­ply and de­liv­ery of 13 new po­lice in­ter­cep­tor util­ity ve­hi­cles.

The ten­der, which was posted ear­lier this month, closes on Oct. 19 and re­quests the cars be de­liv­ered in three sep­a­rate colours: nine white, two “shadow black” and two dark blue.

In a pre­pared state­ment, the po­lice force noted pa­trol cars are used on a 24-7 ba­sis, and as a re­sult, can be­come “miled up” or worn out af­ter about five years of in­ten­sive use.

As a re­sult, the force typ­i­cally re­places about 20 per cent of its fleet ev­ery year.

“This is a typ­i­cal stan­dard of the po­lice fleet in­dus­try, five years be­ing the high end,” the state­ment noted. “Other mu­nic­i­pal agen­cies re­place af­ter four years or sooner depend­ing on us­age.”

The ma­jor­ity of the new po­lice ve­hi­cles will join the reg­u­lar pa­trol fleet, while some will be used by the traf­fic and ca­nine units and some by Com­bined Traf­fic Ser­vices Saskatchewan, a part­ner­ship between mu­nic­i­pal po­lice ser­vices, the RCMP and SGI.

Af­ter pro­duc­tion of the Crown Vic­to­ria — a com­monly used po­lice in­ter­cep­tor in Saska­toon — stopped in 2011, the po­lice force se­lected Ford’s new po­lice in­ter­cep­tor in 2013 as a re­place­ment, opt­ing for beefed-up ver­sions of the Ford Taurus and Ford Ex­plorer tai­lored specif­i­cally for po­lice work.

Some of the many items to be con­sid­ered dur­ing the ten­der process in­clude whether the ve­hi­cle has all-wheel drive, if it has a “po­lice-cal­i­brated” six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, which al­lows for max­i­mum ac­cel­er­a­tion, and more com­mon fac­tors like the length of the ve­hi­cle’s war­ranty.

While the ac­tual pur­chases will be ten­dered out through the City of Saska­toon, po­lice said the ap­prox­i­mate cost for each ve­hi­cle is roughly $45,000, for a to­tal of about $585,000.

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