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Press Releases > Mayor Brown, Commissioner Derenda Roll Out Expanded Police Fleet

Mayor Brown, Commissioner Derenda Roll Out Expanded Police Fleet

December 14 – Outside the future home of the Buffalo Police and Fire Headquarters at the Michael J. Dillon U.S. Courthouse, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda announced the expansion of the Buffalo Police Department’s fleet by unveiling the addition of 61 marked and unmarked 2016 All-Wheel Drive Dodge Charger police pursuit-rated vehicles. The first batch of cars hit the streets this morning.

“Public safety continues to be a priority in Buffalo and the new Dodge Chargers are just another way we are improving safety in our neighborhoods, while equipping our police officers with the latest equipment and technology needed to perform,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m confident that by continuing to build a mixed police fleet in Buffalo, we will make our City even stronger, and safer.”

The move to replace the aging BPD fleet with a mixed fleet began in April 2014 when Mayor Brown rolled out about 50 new black and white Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicles.  The new marked Dodge Chargers cost about $1.6 million, $616,150 for the unmarked sedans. Funding came from the City General Fund Capital Outlay Budget and several FEMA grants.

With the addition of the new vehicles, the BPD fleet now includes 216 marked vehicles and 134 unmarked vehicles.  It’s made up of SUV’s, sedans, pick-ups, specialty vehicles for SWAT, Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team, HMT, ERT, Command Bus, Skywatch, Segways and ten motorcycles.

According to the vehicle manufacturer, the Dodge Chargers provide a combination of utility, safety, performance, and a low life-cycle cost.