Mayor Jackson Announces Arrival of 65 New Police Vehicles as Part of Healthy Neighborhood Initiative

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

CLEVELAND – Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced that the City of Cleveland received 65 new police vehicles. The funds for purchasing these vehicles came from the $100 million bond approved by City Council in December 2015. 

The new vehicles are also part of Mayor’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, a series of legislation and programs aimed at improving City neighborhoods. These neighborhood enhancements will stop decline, stabilize our neighborhoods and provide growth for the future. 

In December 2015, Mayor Jackson announced and City Council passed a $100 million dollar bond issue as an investment in the future of Cleveland. The $100 million dollar bond has four key components vital to the city’s future: roads and bridges, city emergency response fleet, city facilities, and new neighborhood projects. 

“This bond is important because it is making investments not only in the facilities and services that our residents depend on every day, but also leverages private dollars to grow and build sustainable neighborhoods in some of the most economically challenged areas of Cleveland,” said Mayor Jackson. 

“The $20 million designated for the fleet improvement includes vehicles for Public Utilities, Public Works, and Safety. What you see here today is that money was spent to provide a more responsive police force and improve safety for the citizens of Cleveland,” Mayor Jackson added.

“Technology and equipment are extremely important tools of police work,” said Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams. “We strive to give our officers the best equipment, so that they may continue to provide the best service to the citizens we serve. The purchasing of the new vehicles along with the equipment enhancements is an essential step in continuing to ensure a high level of service.”

The City has funded other service improvements for the citizens of Cleveland in recent years including:

  • $4 million new Fire Station
  • $18 million new Third District Police Station
  • $14 million in city-wide repairs to police stations, fire stations, recreation centers, and parks.

The final component of the bond is $25 million dollars will be used towards new projects and investments in Cleveland neighborhoods. 

The City has provided considerable investment in the city’s neighborhoods and the central business district since 2006, including:

  • Demolition                       $60.8 million
  • Parks and Recreation       $51.9 million
  • Public Safety                    $24.7 million
  • Roads and Bridges          $291.2 million
  • Sustainable Projects         $21.6 million

Total Investments      $450.5 million

All of these vehicles include radios and a technical package:

35      Sedan District/DSU                   $43,564

4        Sedan Traffic cars                      $46,137

5        Sedan front line Stealth cars      $43,564

1        Sedan Traffic 7200 car               $43,564

5        Sedan Nice cars                         $43,564

5        SUV front line                            $47,884

5        SUV N.I.C.E. Unit                     $47,898

5        Sedan unmarked                        $30,726

Total                                               $2,821,032

All of these vehicles are American made.

The technical package (Police Vehicle Computer Systems) cost approximately $8,800 per vehicle.

The police fleet increased from 341 to 406 police vehicles improving the overall vehicle readiness status by 18%.

About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at www.city.cleveland.oh.us, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland.

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