|KPD Cruisers Receive New
Electric Parking Enforcement Vehicles and Multi Prisoner Transport
Vehicle Added to Fleet
June 27, 2005 - Knoxville Police Chief
Sterling Owen unveiled three new vehicles along with a new look
for Knoxville Police Department vehicles. The vehicles with the new
graphics were placed into service last week.
Owen said a committee was formed early this year to explore how the
department's look could be updated. After reviewing vehicle markings
from several hundred police agencies around the country along with
several designs submitted by employees, the committee decided on the
wide blue and black stripe. After receiving final approval from the
Mayor, the new markings were placed onto fifty new Ford Crown Vics
that were ready to be placed into service.
Chief Owen said, "The officers are excited about the new look.
This is the first major change in the design of KPD cruisers since
1994. We believe the new updated look will have long-lasting appeal
to the officers and our community."
A new prisoner transport vehicle (PTV) has also been added to the
KPD fleet. The vehicle includes an all aluminum interior that can
be easily cleaned and disinfected. Current transportation vans have
a painted plywood interior that is difficult to clean. Outfitted for
service, the new transportation vehicle cost $48,000. One new PTV
will be added to the fleet each year for the next two years.
Chief Owen said, "By switching to the new PTV's, city taxpayers
will save at least $3,000.00 over the cost of modified cargo vans
that are currently used for transporting prisoners."
Two battery powered parking enforcement vehicles have also been added
to the fleet. These vehicles replace the outdated Cushman Scooters
that have been used for downtown parking enforcement for years. The
new vehicles have a maximum speed of 25 mph with a range of 30 miles
between charges. The electric vehicles cost $11,500 each, which is
$6,500 less than the Cushmans.
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