TCU Police are driving three new Dodge Durangos around campus with an updated logo this semester.
Police Sgt. Kelly Ham said that TCU police purchases new vehicles every four years, replacing the older ones. The previous vehicles TCU purchased were Chevrolet Tahoes.
“It is necessary because we drive them 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Ham said. “After four years, it is cheaper to buy new vehicles than to continue doing repairs.”
The first vehicles TCU police drove were small Jeep Cherokees in the ’90s. Followed by Dodge Durangos, then Chevrolet Tahoes, said Chief of Police Steve McGee. The Durangos were picked again as the department found the newer models easier to use, with speed, size, and good mileage.
The Durangos were purchased in January 2014, but were under maintenance for the spring and summer semesters to install police radios, transform the interior for police equipment and set a design for the exterior of the vehicle, said McGee.
“We picked the Durango because we want to be able to see over the rows of cars and to see if everything is safe,” said McGee, “we need something that can get up and go if there’s an emergency.”
Sgt. Ham designed the new logo and picked the slogan, “Serving Our Community” that appears along the sides of the vehicles.
“We’ve changed the old design to a new design,” said Ham. “We wanted to get a friendly, more approachable look.”
“We also wanted to remind officers we’re here to serve,” said McGee.
Only three TCU police vehicles were replaced as the other vehicles are still considered new, Corporal Dave Loftis said.
“Every officer is assigned a car,” Loftis said. “My Tahoe was a newer vehicle so it didn’t get replaced, they only replaced the old ones.”