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Virginia Troopers To Get Ford P.I. Sedans

July 02, 2012  | 

Photo: Virginia State Police
Photo: Virginia State Police

The Virginia State Police have ordered 144 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedans to begin replacing a fleet of aging Ford Crown Vics.

The state police now count about 1,110 marked and unmarked Crown Victoria Police Interceptors that will eventually be replaced with Taurus-based Police Interceptors. The agency has also ordered seven unmarked Chevrolet Caprice PPVs for covert enforcement missions, said Corinne Geller, a state police spokeswoman.

The agency will issue the first batch of Ford P.I. sedans to graduates from its new recruit class in October. About three-quarters of the class of 90 trooper trainees will receive Ford CVPIs, and the remainder will receive Taurus-based sedans, Geller told POLICE Magazine.

The remaining Taurus-based sedans will be issued to existing road troopers.

The agency purchased the new marked Ford P.I. sedans for $24,496. The unmarked Caprice PPVs cost $26,260. The agency also purchased several 2012 Chevy Impala sedans for $20,036.

Troopers typically turn in their vehicles once they reach 130,000 miles. The vehicles are then turned over to supervisors until they reach 150,000. They are then issued to civilian personnel.

By Paul Clinton

Comments (14)

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scottv63 @ 7/3/2012 6:51 AM

It's funny that they noted they are going to use the new Caprice for "covert" enforcement missions. How covert will a mission be using the new Caprice which is a "law enforcement" only vehicle? Just say'n.

fedcop @ 7/3/2012 7:25 AM

The "covert" missions are most likely to be selective enforcement details, they will replace the unmarked chargers and camaros we had as interceptors, one in each district.

JC @ 7/3/2012 3:04 PM

Well, at least they know to keep an eye out for any Chevy Caprice and assume it's LE, for all the covert stuff of course.

Clint @ 7/3/2012 10:57 PM

They didn't want the troopers to have something than ran as fast as a Caprice, so they gave them the staff officers....

Cocamo Joe @ 7/4/2012 12:10 AM

Supervisors get the vehicles when they reach 130,000 miles. Then they drive them up to 150,000 ???? Sounds to me that it stinks to be a Supervisor with the VA State Police, they get the old beat up cars.

Dave @ 7/17/2012 11:01 PM

Cocamo Joe: You don't know the VSP... they are meticulous in taking care of their vehicles. If a fender gets dented, they replace the fender.
When it comes to auctions, people fight over VSP vehicles...and at auction they go for top dollar, regardless of the mileage. I bought a Crown Vic back in the mid 1990's that was a 1988 model, and that car was in awesome shape and ran like a scalded dog!

Frank @ 8/17/2012 11:43 AM

Good luck with the V6 Taurus, it looks good on paper, but let's see what it looks like with 80,000-100,000 miles, as far as repair and maintenance cost goes, and collision repairs to the unibody. The Caprice seems to be a more durable vehicle, V8 or V6 with rear wheel drive, easier and simpler ( Meaning less cost to maintain and repair, no expensive turbo to replace) and a unibody with a bolt on front subframe which reduces cost and repair times for medium to heavy front damage. The Taurus, with any substantial front end damge will like be a total loss.

Time will tell!

Lawenforcement @ 8/21/2012 7:46 AM

Why didn't VSP go with the Ford Utility like most of the other State Agencies are going with?

Dave @ 10/6/2012 7:01 AM

How quickly you forget, Frank, that the Caprice is made in AUSTRALIA.

Yeah, it's going to be wonderful trying to get parts!! "Sorry you need a new hood, trooper, but one will be on the next container ship, which should be here in a month."

Not to mention, the high cost of those parts...

Big Daddy @ 11/14/2012 12:14 PM

Anyone else having issues with their gun holster hitting the center console thereby causing you to have to sit off center in the drivers seat....(Obviously this applies to right handed people only)...

Big Daddy @ 11/14/2012 12:17 PM

oops.. I forgot to mention.. This is a problem in the new Ford Taurus PI.

drbckr @ 11/27/2012 2:48 PM

Well if officers having room is the problem, and I have heard this from a couple of troopers that I have spoken with. Why doesn't the state go with the Chevy Pursuit Tahoe? It's lowered for better cornering and has 302hp. Problem solved, right?

Jus'wonderin @ 2/5/2013 11:26 AM

What was wrong with the Chargers? Were the 2011-2013 models even evaluated? They are built much better than the 2006-2010 models.

Annonomous @ 3/4/2013 5:17 AM

The chargers were evaluated, I live in North Carolina and I see them in use all the time but I have yet to see the ford interceptor in sedan or utility form I guess nc just decided to adopt the charger instead

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