Director Jonathon Monken announced today the Illinois State Police (ISP) has received the first shipment of new police vehicles to replace high mileage squad cars, and will be assigned to Troopers throughout the state. Funding for the new vehicles is the result of Public Act 95-1009 which was signed into law December 15, 2008, and provides for the on-going funding of ISP vehicle purchases through a $1 registration fee beginning January 1, 2009. The Illinois State Police should receive 50 new vehicles prior to the end of the year and anticipates purchasing approximately 325 vehicles this fiscal year.
“This program provides the ISP with the means to secure safer and more reliable means of transportation for our officers,” said Director Monken. “These vehicles will greatly improve our efforts to efficiently and effectively patrol Illinois highways by reducing the overall expense related to the increased maintenance and decreased gas mileage of older fleet vehicles.”
It is recommended police vehicles be replaced after four years of operation since frequency and costs of repairs significantly increase every year after. Public Act 95-1009 provides the ISP with a means of replacing high mileage vehicles when they exceed 80,000 miles, or when they are determined to no longer be practically functional, become a financial burden due to increased maintenance, or unsalvageable.
In October 2008, 639 Illinois State Police vehicles were taken in for repairs. This equates to one out of every four vehicles being placed out of service for repair. High mileage vehicles are also prone to safety issues such as rusted and weak body frames, corroded brake lines, worn out axles, floor board rust holes, and worn ball joints. The increase in repairs costs the state money and lost patrol coverage.
In 2008, the Illinois State Police fleet consisted of 2,440 vehicles of which 1,455 were over 4 years of age and 843 vehicles over 8 years of age, with an average mileage of 109,207 miles. Today, the average miles is over 119,000; nearly 40,000 miles higher than the recommended maximum safe mileage for police vehicles. During fiscal year 2009, 214 vehicles were placed out of service and disposed of through the Department of Central Management Services.
“I’d like to thank Senator Tony Munoz and Representatives Bill Black, Ken Dunkin, and Jim Sacia, for sponsoring this piece of legislation,” said Director Monken. “The ISP appreciates having the funding available to purchase new vehicles to continually replace older, high mileage cars with newer, more dependable ones through this funding source.”
Director Monken presents the keys to Trooper Alexander Diaz