Archbold village council approved the purchase of a new sport-utility vehicle for the Archbold Police Department at its Monday, Feb. 4 meet-ing.
APD currently operates a 2006 Chevrolet SUV. Martin Schmidt, police chief, drives it most of the time.
Jeff Fryman, councilman and chairman of the council police and fire committee, said the decision was made to stick with a four-wheeldrive SUV.
Fryman told council the committee discussed questions involving fuel mileage.
Committee members decided to recommend replacing the Chevrolet with a Ford Explorer equipped with a police pursuit package.
The cost of the vehicle, through Rich Ford, is $26,890.
That is $1,200 more than a similar auto bought through the State of Ohio purchase program would cost.
But the police and fire committee recommended, and village council decided, to buy the vehicle from a local dealer.
Howell said other officers will begin driving the SUV on patrol, to evaluate whether or not it is a practical patrol vehicle.
Howell noted it is becoming more and more difficult to find a standard sedan capable of carrying all of the equipment police officers need while on patrol.