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.READ MORE: Woodridge Residents Cope With Emotional Impact Of Damage From Sunday Night Tornado; Village Places Priority On Getting Power Back On
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The city has also been making improvements to the streets and bridges in the area.READ MORE: Residents Repairing Homes After Tornado Run Into Sky-High Prices For Lumber, Other Construction Materials
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.”MORE NEWS: Free Lollapalooza Tickets For Getting COVID Shots This Saturday
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.