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Omaha police to use SUVs instead of four-door sedans

May 14, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police and other law enforcement agencies have been filling their cruiser fleets with bigger, more comfortable sport utility vehicles instead of purchasing more four-door sedans.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Omaha City Council approved the purchase of 40 Ford Explorer police utility vehicles in February for about $1.1 million. Another $1.3 million was approved to install lights, lockers and other equipment.

Omaha Police Capt. Edward Reyes says the vehicles should be on the streets in the fall. Officials hope to phase out the roughly 150 remaining Chevrolet Caprice patrol vehicles over time.

Sgt. Justin Smith says officers have a better vantage point in the SUVs. The cars also have more room for equipment.

Douglas and Sarpy County Sheriff's Offices have fleets that are primarily utility vehicles.

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