The Town of Seneca Falls Police Department is proud to announce that they have received their first new 2013 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor grant vehicle. This vehicle was paid for completely through a New York State Local Government Efficiency Implementation Grant which totaled $35,000.
The grant not only covered the fully equipped patrol vehicle, but covered costs associated with switching the computers from one car to the other and lettering the vehicle, which is needed to get the vehicle patrol ready. This patrol vehicle is all wheel drive and comes with a 3.7 liter V6 304 hp engine. Ford states this engine increases fuel efficiency by up to 35% compared to the discontinued Crown Victoria, which are currently in service with this agency.
This vehicle also has a specially tuned engine that saves fuel even in idle mode. Total cost difference between the 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedan and SUV was only $1,500 and the benefits of the SUV enormously outweighed the sedan. Fuel mileage between the sedan and SUV are only 1 to 2 MPG different.
In September the Seneca Falls Police Department received notice from the same Local Government Efficiency Implementation Grant that a second waive had been awarded allowing this agency to purchase an identical police vehicle. This grant also paid 100% of the fully equipped vehicle purchase.
Both these grant vehicles will replace current Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles with over 150,000 miles. The last time the Seneca Falls Police Department received a new police vehicle was 2010.