LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The County Board of Supervisors has approved the purchase of seven new patrol vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office as their familiar Chevy Tahoes are slowly being fazed out.
At Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty’s Office was approved to purchase five 2016 Ford Interceptor Utility Vehicles and two 2015 Ford Interceptor Sedans, totaling $18,745.61.
Four of the utility vehicles will cost $26,377, and one will cost 27,598.65. One sedan will cost $25,285.88 and the other will cost $26,353.08.
The Interceptor is a Ford Explorer with several key durability and utility features, including a heavy-duty breaking system. The large diameter of the rotors are made of a high mass material, which allows for a higher thermal capacity and direct air flow toward break pads to keep components cooler. The heat reduction and physical strength makes the brakes durable and powerful, keeps maintenance costs low, and keeps officers and the public safer.
Ford estimates that the Interceptor’s V6 engine has 20% better fuel economy than a V8 engine.
Other standard features of the Interceptor include a backup camera and an all-wheel driving system that is designed for pursuit. The driving system is able to transfer torque before wheel slippage occurs, putting more control in the hands of officers.
The Sheriff’s Office purchased one 2014 Interceptor Utility Vehicle last year, seen above, and it already on the road.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Josh Williams)
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