Chicago police to patrol in SUVs

CHICAGO While the department already uses the sport utility vehicles on a limited basis, it'll be the first time the vehicles are assigned for use as regular beat cars.

Deputy Police Superintendent Ted O'Keefe says the department expects to roll out between 150 to 160 SUVs, enough to give about half of the city's beats one vehicle. They'll replace the Crown Victoria.

O'Keefe says the SUVs last longer than the Crown Victoria, perform better in severe weather and allow officers to sit 13 inches higher.

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