According to Toyota Motor Sales USA,the Cincinnati Police Department is adding the Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUVs to its fleet.
The 270-hp Highlanders will be converted into K-9 units, supporting bomb-sniffing dogs and counter-terrorism specialists. With the addition of these SUVs, the Cincinnati Police Department will have a total of eight Highlander Hybrids in its vehicle fleet.
Toyota has been working with Cincinnati’s K-9 team for several years, ever since it helped the force acquire and train a patrol dog. Named “Tundra” after Toyota’s full-size pickup, the canine is considered one of the best K-9 agents of its kind in the country. In 2004, the Cincinnati Police Department hosted the 2004 United States Police Canine Regional Trials, and Toyota contributed $15,000 in support of the local competition.
The Cincinnati Police conducted K-9 demonstrations for company employees at the Cincinnati Regional Sales Office on Nov. 2. During the event, K-9 officers conducted simulated scenarios specifically for dogs trained in bomb and drug detection and standard patrol situations. A few converted, police-owned Highlander Hybrids were also on display.
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