Cayman residents will soon see 24 new Royal Cayman Islands Police Service cars patrolling the streets.
Eleven police vehicle enforcement package Dodge Chargers, 10 4×4 Suzuki Grand Vitaras and three 4×4 Ford diesel pickups will join the RCIPS fleet over the next few months.
The Dodge Chargers are already on Grand Cayman. They are in the process of being marked-up and it is anticipated that they will become operational within the next few days, police said.
“This will be the first time that we will have specifically designed police Dodge Chargers and Ford Crew Cab diesel pickups in our fleet,” said RCIPS Business Manager Peter Davis.
The new vehicles, purchased by the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs for the RCIPS, will replace the aging patrol cars currently in use.
Many of the older patrol vehicles due to be replaced were already second hand when they were originally purchased by the RCIPS. They have spent long periods of time off the road because of their age and the need for constant maintenance and repair. The RCIPS has gradually been reducing its fleet numbers through 2010/11 to reduce fleet running costs.
The purchase of the new vehicles will greatly reduce maintenance and other related costs over the next five years, police said.
The police package Dodge Charger has been used for years in other jurisdictions, particularly throughout the United States and Mexico.
Police said the 4×4 Vitara has been used in the Cayman Islands and in Jamaica for some years.
The 4×4 Ford crew pickups will be used for hauling the Marine fleet and on the unique terrain of the Sister Islands, police said. The use of crew pickups is widely recognised in the Caribbean policing environment.
“The cars were all chosen specifically for the economy and the effectiveness they will provide,” Mr. Davis said.”They all have something very different to offer and will be able to deal with a vast range of circumstances from routine road patrol to difficult weather and terrain.”