The Tahoes are replacements for the discontinued Ford Crown Victoria cruisers, said Police Chief David Lancaster.
The new cruisers cost approximately $25,000 through a state contract, as opposed to the starting suggested retail price of $40,000. The price tag is comparable to other new police cruisers on the market, Lancaster said.
Another reason it makes sense to purchase the Tahoes is equipment compatibility.
“A big benefit of the Tahoes is that most of our equipment from the Crown Victorias will fit in the Tahoes,” said Lancaster. “This will save money in the long run on several thousand dollars worth of equipment.”
Finding a replacement for the classic Crown Vic has been a challenge, Lancaster said. The Corinth PD first went with Dodge Chargers, but the Chargers are too small for comfortable use by taller officers — including one 6-foot 7-inch local policeman.
The spacious Tahoes are much more comfortable than the Chargers, Lancaster said, especially for officers who pull 12-hour shifts in their patrol cars.
The new SUVs will also be able to handle training duties that require two officers to share a vehicle. As police are required to use more and more technology in their job, the larger vehicles will help accommodate the added equipment.
One of the new Tahoes is already on the road, and another will hit the streets next week after it is outfitted with the proper equipment.