Topeka police are on the road to replacing sedans with sport utility vehicles as their patrol car of choice.
The switch is fueled by Ford’s discontinuing the production last year of its Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
Topeka’s governing body on Tuesday evening approved a lease-purchase agreement to acquire police vehicles that will be paid for over three years at a cost of nearly $889,000.
Police Chief Ron Miller said the department will leave some vacant jobs unfilled to achieve about $300,000 a year in salary savings to free up the money, which will be used to acquire about 30 Ford Utility Interceptors with a Ford Explorer-type body style.
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