PLEASANTON -- The Pleasanton Police Department is upgrading its marked patrol car fleet, and the change should be easy for area residents to spot.
Over the next 12 months, Pleasanton police will do away with sedans and replace them with a patrol fleet of SUVs. The change was decided by the city's members of its own police force, who test-drove Ford Inspector sedans as well as SUVs and determined that the latter better fit their needs, said Pleasanton Police Lt. Jeff Bretzing.
The department decided to update the fleet because maintaining the current fleet was becoming too much of a time drain. The current fleet is composed of sedans from 2008-2009, and the wear and tear on them was significant, Bretzing said.
"The cars in our current fleet were way over their maximum mileage, and it was becoming too difficult to repair them," he said.
Like most American law enforcement agencies, Pleasanton police get their cars from Ford, which no longer makes the Crown Victoria model that was used for Pleasanton's current fleet.
Officers preferred the SUV over the sedan because it had more space to fit their equipment, while still having the same quality of maneuverability and gas mileage, according to a news release from the department.
"PPD is staying with the traditional look of black and white patrol vehicles and believe the SUV will offer even greater visibility in the community, although it may take some time getting used to SUVs with light bars and push bumpers," the release said.
Police have already replaced 12 vehicles in the past fiscal year. The remaining 12 will be replaced over the next year, according to the release.