First wave of new public safety vehicles presented

DETROIT (AP) — The first of a new set of public safety vehicles have been presented to Detroit’s police chief and fire commissioner.

Mayor Dave Bing handed over the keys to 15 new squad cars and 10 ambulances Thursday during a presentation downtown.

Thirteen more ambulances are expected before the end of the year, while an additional 85 patrol cars will roll out as they’re equipped.

Each of Detroit’s 23 ambulances is being replaced at a cost of about $161,000 per vehicle. The new police cars cost from between $45,000 and $50,000 each.

The vehicles were purchased with an $8 million donation from city business leaders to improve public safety.

Donors include the Penske Corp., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Quicken Loans. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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