Yonkers, N.Y. Buys Mix of New Vehicles for Police Fleet

July 01, 2013

The City of Yonkers, N.Y., has purchased new patrol cars for the Yonkers Police Department (YPD), which includes a mix of Chevrolet Caprice patrol cars (23 of them) and Ford Interceptor Utility vehicles (nine of these), plus a new Emergency Service Unit Patrol Truck. The City intends to roll out the new fleet this coming fall.

During the upfitting process, the City is adding LED emergency lighting to the 23 Caprice patrol cars and a new Havis Idle-Right system in order to reduce fuel use when a vehicle is idling at the scene of an emergency. Another feature is interior lighting that uses a photo sensor to adjust light levels. This reduces the lights’ brightness levels inside the vehicle in order to improve nighttime visibility for officers. The vehicle also has a new tablet computer that works with a new console and keyboard design. This system is connected to a thermal imaging camera system, thereby providing officers with night vision.

For the nine new Ford Police Interceptor Utility trucks, the City added a multi-color light bar from Whelen Engineering. The City said the front of the light bar can be switched to white LED lights in order to provide scene lighting. The City also plans to use the Havis Idle-Right system on the vehicle to reduce fuel use and a tablet-style computer system with a new console and keyboard design.

For the single Emergency Service Unit Patrol Truck, the City said it replaced the older model with a Ford F-550 Super Duty chassis cab equipped with a custom rescue module. The vehicle features extruded construction that reduces the vehicle’s weight while increasing durability. It has a new LED light bar and a new PTO generator set, which required major interior modifications to install, which reduces the weight and space requirements for hydraulic extrication equipment. Lastly, the vehicle had a dual-band radio that enables officers to communicate directly with other agencies.

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