New Fleet Of Police Cars To Be Built At Chicago Ford Plant

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Police Department is getting a fleet of fresh transportation vehicles, and they will all be made at the Ford motor plant on the city’s Far Southeast Side.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the last time before Friday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was at the Torrence Avenue assembly plant, the company was announcing the addition of a third shift and 1,200 more jobs.

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The city has also been making improvements to the streets and bridges in the area.

Now, the mayor says he is placing the first in a series of orders from the Ford plant.

“Everything we’ve done to date was outside the plant,” Emanuel said. “The City of Chicago now is going to do something that’s inside the plant, which is to place an order for 100 vehicles – the first intercept of the largest order to date.”

The city has entered a five-year, $15 million commitment for police cars. It could mean more than 500 new police interceptors and sport-utility vehicles.

  • Jerry

    It seems to me that contracts like this if bid out to other manufacturers could save a lot of money. Just saying.

    • Jerry

      I mean the more companies such as Chevrolet, Chrysler to a name a few if they were in competition for the bids Chicago would get a better deal.

      • Afro

        @Jerry, That would make sense if they were a local manufacturer.

      • Sarah

        Hey Jerry, GREAT IDEA! Chicago workers, Chicago company, selling Chicago cars to Chicago, both entities paying Illinois taxes. We SHOULD ask Chrysler if they want it. Jerry for Mayor!

  • ed

    Yeah, but what if they won and Ford didn’t???

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  • richard l

    GO FORD GO!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Gabe

    More cars ? What’s wrong with the hundreds of cars and trucks I see outside police districts parked for weeks at times? Most police cars have less than 60,000 miles on them and are no older than 5 years old. This idiot is cutting here and cutting there, so let’s spend millions more on useless thing’s. YOU WAIT AND SEE HOW MUCH MONEY THE CITY WILL LOOSE IN THE AUCTION PROCESS TO GET RID OF HUNDREDS OF EXCELLENT MINT CONDITION POLICE CARS.

  • Don

    Why do cops need SUV’s to drive around alone in anyway. Don’t tell me it’s because they need to be able to drive around in the snow or chase a bad guy off road because the city buys 2 wheel drives not 4 wheel.

    They cost more to buy and more to operate and I see no value to these urban assault vehicles.

    I wonder if the mayor used his new “no bid” powers to waste our money.

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