What’s black-and-blue, has flashing lights, weighs approximately 7,000 pounds and strikes fear into the hearts of criminals?
The newest member of the Oxford Village Police Department.
Last week, the agency put into service its first Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe.
“It’s a nice addition,” said Police Chief Mike Solwold. “I’m pleased with it.”
The Tahoe was purchased for $35,314 from Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, the lowest of three bidders.
An additional $11,990 was spent with the Troy-based Cynergy Wireless to outfit the vehicle for police work.
The Tahoe is replacing the department’s 2009 Ford Crown Victoria, which has more than 124,000 miles on it and will now be used by the village’s code enforcement officer.
“Most agencies now are going to SUVs,” Solwold said. “There’s no need to have all SUVs, but I think one SUV is a necessity.”
The Tahoe will help officers when responding to emergencies and crimes during “inclement weather,” particularly winter storms filled with snow and ice.
“We have to make sure that we can get to the call,” said Solwold, who noted that shouldn’t be a problem with the Tahoe because it “drives like a tank.”
The SUV also provides much more interior room for both officers carrying their usual assortment of equipment and suspects who are exceptionally large.
Solwold noted he once arrested a guy who was so big, he required two sets of handcuffs to restrain him and he had to lay down in the back of the patrol car.
Solwold promised the agency will take good care of its new vehicle.
“We’ll get every bit out of it that we can and make it last,” he said. “We should get 10 or more years out of this vehicle.”