City looking to add 13 new police vehicles to fleet
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.