Cincinnati cops get 53 new SUVs to help upgrade aging fleet

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in Cincinnati are receiving dozens of new sport utility vehicles as part of an effort to save taxpayers money and upgrade the city’s aging fleet of cruisers.

The city’s police department introduced 53 new Ford Interceptors on Tuesday. Each cruiser costs $38,000. The vehicles were paid for using a $100 million capital program.

The city says the new vehicles will save taxpayers thousands in maintenance and repair expenses.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports police union officials have said some cruisers have broken odometers and fuel gauges while others have exhaust leaks or can’t travel in reverse.

About 60 percent of the city’s fleet is in an out-of-life cycle condition.

New fire equipment, snow plows and ambulances are also being introduced.