WACO — Waco officers will soon be driving the Chevrolet Tahoe as part of a new line of vehicles being introduced into the Waco Police Department’s fleet of squad cars.
Starting in late September of 2012, the current fleet of Dodge Chargers and Ford Crown Victoria Police Units will be joined by the newly purchased Chevrolet Tahoe’s. The city anticipates purchasing fifteen “Replacement” units.
The City of Waco’s Purchasing Department conducted a study and found the Tahoe, although a bit more of an initial expense, would save money in the long run due to a better average maintenance cost, lower “Total Cost per Mile”, longer lifespan of the vehicle, and a much higher resale value. Also the Police Package Ford Crown Vic is no longer available as this had been a large part of our fleet. The new Tahoe’s will be replacing older police units that are going out of service due to age, mileage, or maintenance issues.
The much needed additional cargo capabilities the Tahoe provides for computers, radios, emergency equipment, video cameras and additional police gear officers carry is a major consideration for the recommendation of the Tahoe. Staff also discovered that the Tahoe comes with a much better warranty (5yr/100k) for the units than that of the competition.
Waco Police will join a trend of other Texas Police departments such as Plano, Lubbock, Sherman, Texas Department of Public Safety, and other local agencies in adding the Tahoe to the force.
Waco Police markings on the Tahoe will resemble the markings on the department’s existing squad cars.