City to buy 600 new squad cars made in Chicago

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants  to buy 600 more squad cars for the Chicago Police Department.

The announcement comes on the heels of  Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson’s  announcement last week to increase the force by almost 1,000 new officers.

The CPD fleet is made up of mostly Ford sedans and SUV’s.  Department officials haven’t yet determined which mix of models they will need.  Chicago’s Police SUV’s are made at the Ford assembly plant on South Torrence Avenue.

The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the city will try to get authorization to borrow $25 million dollars to buy the cars over the next two years.