JPD to get Ford Taurus for patrol car fleet

The Juneau Police Department is in the process of replacing their fleet of Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicles after Ford Motor Company discontinued the line in 2011.

Lt. David Campbell said the department is switching to the Ford Taurus, which the car manufacturing company is pushing as Crown Vic’s replacement for police pursuit purposes.

JPD received six Tauruses earlier this spring and more of the fleet will be replaced as scheduled, Campbell said.

One Taurus has a price tag of $35,800, an expense that is paid for out of the police department’s budget.

Juneau police vehicles are replaced every three years, usually when it surpasses the 80,000 mileage range. The car is then given to another city entity until it reaches the 100,000 mileage range, and then auctioned off.

JPD usually keeps 13 to 14 patrol vehicles, plus three to four Sport Utility Vehicles, for its 32 patrol officers.

Campbell said the Taurus is all-wheel drive, which is a needed “step up” from the Crown Victoria.

“Some of the streets in Juneau are so steep, we need it,” he said.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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