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New Fayetteville Police Patrol Vehicles


 The patrol vehicles used by the Fayetteville Police Department must meet strict safety and performance guidelines. Currently there are few vehicle model options available that meet these criteria.  Unlike civilian production vehicles, law enforcement vehicles must be engineered to accommodate the daily tasks of officers. These demands are much greater than that of civilian vehicles, thus placing more stress on the engine and power train components, brakes, suspension, electronics, exterior body, undercarriage and interior.   Law enforcement vehicles must be capable of being driven safely at higher speeds, requiring a stiffer suspension and the ability to brake without fading. The undercarriage on law enforcement vehicles are also more susceptible to damage than civilian vehicles, as these vehicles may be driven over curbs or hazards while in response to emergency calls.  Additionally, these vehicles must be capable of comfortably accommodating an officer for extended periods of time while having room for a passenger and law enforcement equipment.

 In the past, the Department has evaluated and purchased two different vehicle models, the Ford Crown Victoria and Dodge Charger.  The Crown Victoria line has been discontinued by Ford Motor Company.  The Fayetteville Police Department purchased, tested and evaluated two Dodge Chargers, but chose not to purchase more Dodge Chargers after there were issues with space, performance and maintenance.  After careful consideration, evaluation, and consultation with the City of Fayetteville's Fleet Management and Equipment Committee,  the Fayetteville Police Department chose the Chevrolet Tahoe as our preferred patrol vehicle. Based on the current market, the Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD was found to offer the best overall solution for our patrol needs at this time.  The City of Fayetteville has purchased 6 Chevrolet Tahoes 2WD to replace Ford Crown Victorias that were scheduled for replacement in 2011.  These Chevrolet Tahoes will be tested and evaluated to determine if they meet our performance and cost expectations.  Based on current estimates, the Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD will have the overall lowest life cycle cost.  Other benefits include:

  •         Extended service longevity
  •         Extended warranty (100K mile power train warranty)
  •         Flex Fuel (E85) compatibility
  •         Higher ground clearance resulting in less undercarriage damage   
  •        Climate-controlled cabin to protect electronic equipment eliminating damage due to extreme temperatures and dust (currently found in the trunk of Chargers and Crown Victoria)
  •         Larger front seating area to accommodate taller drivers and passengers and additional space in the rear seating area for prisoners.


                  Tahoe                                                  Crown Victoria                                         Charger

  •          Additional cargo space for police equipment


                   Tahoe                                                  Crown Victoria                                             Charger

  •          Larger front cabin area that allows for safe mounting of specialized equipment outside of the air bag deployment zones


            Tahoe                                                            Crown Victoria                                        Charger

  •          Purchase price of a new police vehicle:

2011  Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD

2011 Ford Crown Victoria

2011 Dodge Charger V-6

                 $24, 374                 $22,243

$21, 694

  •         Fuel consumption ratings per gallon:

2011  Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD

2011 Ford Crown Victoria

2011 Dodge Charger V-6

15 mpg (city)

14 mpg (city)

19 mpg (city)

  •         2011 Monthly Cost (Maintenance, Replacement, Overhead and Insurance charges):

2011  Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD

2011 Ford Crown Victoria

2011 Dodge Charger V-6