Police dept. looks to trade in cruisers for hybrids
White Bluff's police department is looking to trade in its fleet of Crown Victoria police cruisers for Toyota Prius.
WHITE BLUFF, Tenn. -
The boys in blue could be going green in the small Dickson County town of White Bluff.
The police department in the town of about 3,000 people is looking to trade in its fleet of Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers for Toyota Prius hybrids.
Assistant Police Chief Mike Holman said the move will not only save the city money, it will help the environment and won't compromise the public's safety.
"Over the last seven years, we've looked for opportunities to save money," he told News 2. "We can do that using the same amount of money that we have in our fuel budget to replace those vehicles and still have fuel budget money left."
Currently, the city spends an average of $5,000 a year on fuel for each Crown Victoria. Fuel for a Prius patrol car would cost less than $1,000 annually.
The money saved on fuel and general repair costs of the department's four used Crown Victorias, would pay for the lease, maintenance and fuel of four new Prius vehicles, possibly leaving money to spare.
"Its smart money, we're thinking outside the box," said Holman. "It's a good fit for our needs, may not be for every department, but it will be for ours."
In addition to costs, the hybrid measures up in other areas too.
The Prius matched the Crown Victoria in speed tests from zero to 40 miles-per-hour and the interior size is comparable within inches.
Not to mention, the environmentally-friendly hatch-back is easily customizable to become part of the police department's fleet, making a trade-in a deal too good to turn down.
Several police departments across the country currently use hybrid vehicles as patrol cars including Parchment, Michigan and Northern Illinois University.
White Bluff City Council members could vote on the proposal at their next meeting on November 2.