Halton Police Retire Old Fleet for the Latest Technology

Efficiencies at the Forefront of New Police Vehicles and Mobile Workstations

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Halton Police Retire Old Fleet for the Latest Technology
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Dave Cross

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Sgt. Dave Cross #1932 is the Media Relations Officer with the Halton Regional Police Service. His office is located at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON.

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The Halton Regional Police Service has commenced the process of converting its fleet of Ford Crown Victoria vehicles over to the Ford Interceptor AWD Sedan and AWD Utility vehicle.  This conversion proved necessary, when in September 2011, Ford ceased production of the Crown Victoria model.

An extensive evaluation process was undertaken through survey of individual members, technological considerations, maintenance aspects and the overall cost effectiveness and efficiencies associated with the conversion.

Ford Intercepter AWD Sedan; Photo Credit: Halton Regional Police

Ford Intercepter AWD Sedan; Photo Credit: Halton Regional Police

One of the primary considerations in the changeover revolved around officer safety, specifically with respect to air-bag configuration with the addition and location of necessary equipment.  Consultation with identified partners resulted in the successful design and re-configuring of the interior portion of the vehicles to not only satisfy the vital officer safety component, but also to enhance their functionality and ergonomic suitability.

Maintenance efficiencies will be realized through identical part use, extended lifecycles of the vehicles and an overall increase in fuel efficiency.

In conjunction with the phasing in of the new vehicles, new mobile workstations are being integrated into the design that will further enhance our effectiveness as an organization.  The Panasonic ‘Toughbook 19 Notebook/Tablet’ will allow officers to access critical information in a more timely manner and offer portability as needed.

Chief Tanner remarked, “The police officer of today operates within a modern and technologically advanced mobile office that used to be known as a police car (Cruiser). These new vehicles, complete with advanced mobile work stations, and the best of emergency equipment ensure that we not only keep pace with the needs of our officers in the environment in which they work, but that we stay ahead of that curve. We are pleased to provide this high level of equipment to all of our front line staff in order to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in all we do.”

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