The Des Plaines Police Department is set to get eight new SUV squad cars this year. At a meeting Monday city council approved the purchase of a 2013 Ford Explorer, 8-0, to replace a 2004 Ford Explorer with more than 120,000 miles, used by an officer assigned to the U.S. Customs Task Force, according to a memo from Police Chief William Kushner to City Manager Michael Bartholomew.
City council also approved the purchase of computers for seven other 2013 Ford Interceptor SUV’s, which were approved for purchase to replace other vehicles in the fleet at the end of useful service lives by city council in June. Equipment purchases for the seven new SUV’s including emergency lighting, light controllers, siren speakers, push bumper kits, secure-idle ignitions and prisoner compartments was approved by city council on Oct. 1.
The new SUV for the officer assigned to the U.S. Customs Task Force will be purchased from the lowest bidder, Landmark Ford, based in Springfield, for $25,627, according to city documents. Funding for the new SUV will come from the asset forfeiture fund, which is money seized by police during criminal investigations and cleared by the courts for the department’s use.