Rockford police department test drives new leasing program - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford police department test drives new leasing program

Posted: Updated:

Rockford police are driving around in new equipment. Squad cars are on the job, but the department doesn't own them yet. Officers are test driving a new lease program.

So far, police are happy to be behind the wheel of these 28 leased Chevy Caprices. It's the first step in a program to get patrols rolling.

"We've got good reviews from the officers they've been out now for the second week, we've been putting out one to two cars a week." -says Rockford Police Department Lieutenant Pat Hoey.

22 marked vehicles go to patrol, the remaining six are unmarked and split between traffic officers and the M3 Street Team.

Those are just the add-ons for this year. It'll take four years total to finish re-doing the fleet. Lt. Hoey says these are much needed upgrades.

"Some of our detectives are still driving 1998 cars, our oldest marked car is a 2004 with over 150,000 miles on it." -he says.

Those cars come with state-of-the-art features like LED lighting, interior, and some updated electronics.

"Due to the lease program, the low-interest loan the city got, we were able to outfit these cars with all-new equipment. The badly-needed laptop computers that go in each car are brand new." -says Hoey.

The new Caprices are a little different than the department's Ford Crown Victorias. Administrators picked the Chevys based on a study that Michigan State Police Officers completed. That type of car came in first in almost every category tested. As for the Fords, Hoey says once they're phased out they'll be put up for auction.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WREX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Trista Truesdale at (815) 335-7856. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.