September 1, 2005
Source: University of Toronto:
Hybrid SUV to be used for campus policing
Led by a piper and escorted by Toronto police bicycle units, the University of Toronto Police Service (UTPS) new Ford Escape Hybrid will make its debut Wednesday Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m., Convocation Plaza, 31 King's College Road.
A first for Canadian universities, the Escape Hybrid will be used as a support vehicle on the St. George campus. It can run on 100 percent electric power at speeds up to 40 km per hour. Energy created through braking is captured and stored in the hybrid battery for future use, meaning the vehicle never needs to be plugged in. For U of T, the vehicle represents a logical step in its commitment to campus greening and sustainability.
UTPS, founded in 1904, is responsible for the safety and security of over 75,000 students, faculty and staff on three campuses. UTPS special constables are appointed by the province and managed by the Toronto Police Service Board. In addition to emergency response they have the authority to deal with criminal and provincial offences.
Catherine Riggall, vice president (business affairs) and acting vice president (government and institutional relations) will welcome Inspector Don Campbell of 52 Division and City Councillor Kyle Rae.