Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
$2.1 million police vehicle purchase approved
San Diego’s City Council on February 26 approved an expenditure of $2.1 million to purchase 76 vehicles to replace the San Diego Police Department’s aging fleet of Crown Victoria cruisers.
The new vehicles, at an average cost of just over $27,600, will be Ford Police Interceptor Utility models, based on the Ford Explorer commercial SUV platform. As of 2011 Ford stopped producing the long popular Crown Victoria Police Interceptors that currently make up the bulk of the police fleet in San Diego and elsewhere throughout the country.
The vehicles, which will all be equipped with all-wheel drive, will be added to the fleet in coming months, with more purchases of either the Explorer or Ford Taurus-based police vehicles expected as the iconic Crown Vics age out of service.