Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Roger Penske announced Monday that a group of business leaders led by Penske have donated $8 million to the Downtown Detroit Partnership to lease 100 police cars and 23 ambulances for the city.
"We can add the business community to our citywide public safety efforts," Bing said. "As I've said on many occasion, working together, we can transform our city."
Penske says the effort is a first step to leverage, what he called, the momentum of downtown and Midtown to benefit the entire city.
"I look at it as a 'tale of two cities' here with the business community and many good initiatives taking place in the core city, we've got to deal with the neighborhoods," Penske said. "This certainly is an action plan that will support our neighborhoods and the safety of our children."
Penske expects new police cars to be delivered with 60-90 days. Ambulances should arrive in 120-150 days. The Downtown Detroit Partnership also will cover costs for maintaining the vehicles.