Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,000,000)
The purpose of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) proposed project is to procure additional vehicles for frontline patrol. Over the last three fiscal years, the Department’s expense vehicle budget was reduced by $90 million. As a result, the Department has fallen far behind in its ability to replace vehicles that play a critical role in patrol response. When fully funded, the NYPD historically purchases over one thousand (1,000) replacement vehicles yearly. In 2022, the Department purchased only thirty-six (36) patrol vehicles. Furthermore, the NYPD vehicle out-of-service rate remains at near historic highs, with a 17.11% thirteen-month average. With the increase in repair costs and vehicle downtime due to the current age of the fleet, it is imperative the NYPD acquire replacement vehicles for patrol to maintain the level of service the population of New York City has come to expect and deserves.
The plan is to add fourteen (14) Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid vehicles to the NYPD fleet. By acquiring the critical front line patrol vehicles mentioned above, the NYPD will be able to supply some of the essential tools officers require to perform their duties. This project will allow for older internal combustion engine vehicles to be replaced with more fuel efficient and reliable hybrid police patrol vehicles.
The addition of the proposed equipment should lead to an increase in the number of patrol vehicles remaining in service at any given time. Additionally, these vehicles are built with the latest available hybrid and safety technology which reflects the Departments commitment to a cleaner and safer environment. To begin to address the most critical vehicle replacement needs, the Department requests authorization to purchase fourteen (14) vehicles.