Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough.
The City of Sylvania will be placing five new marked police patrol vehicles into service during the coming weeks.
Three new Ford Interceptor sedans and two new Ford Interceptor SUVs were ordered last fall and are now being delivered. Four more sedans will be ordered next fall to complete the replacement of our current 2009 Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles.
Years ago, the city had to replace police patrol vehicles every two years to handle the wear and tear of police patrol. More recently, increased vehicle durability allowed the city vehicle maintenance department to keep vehicles on the road for three years.
The current 2009 Ford Crown Victorias have served longer – four years for the vehicles being replaced this year and five years for the vehicles planned for replacement next year. All will have over 100,000 miles of mostly city driving when traded.
The best two of the 2009 vehicles will be kept for use by the city’s two School Resource Officers. The current command officer’s vehicle also will be kept and transferred to the Volunteers on Patrol Unit, and will receive new decals designating it as a Citizen Patrol vehicle.
The City of Sylvania’s cost for the five new vehicles this year, including equipment, is $184,445, after deducting the value of trade-ins and $25,000.00 from the Federal Equitable Sharing Fund. The vehicles were bought using Ohio’s state term contract pricing program and delivered through the State’s vendor in Van Wert, Ohio.
Ford no longer manufactures Crown Victorias, and the switch to the new Interceptors requires the purchase of new equipment to fit the new vehicles. The police officers also designed a new graphics decal package for the vehicles. Existing radios are being transferred into the new vehicles.
Look for our new police patrol cars – they should be on the road soon.