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NYPD Picks Ford P.I. Sedan As New Patrol Car

July 03, 2012  | 

Photo: Michigan State Police
Photo: Michigan State Police

The New York Police Department, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, has agreed to purchase 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedans to replace its aging patrol vehicles.

The city has entered into a preliminary agreement with a New York dealer to purchase Ford's P.I. sedans or Ford's P.I. Utility vehicles for patrol officers. The N.Y.P.D.'s Support Services Bureau has begun developing a contract to purchase the vehicles, a police department spokesman told POLICE Magazine.

Before placing an order for the first batch of vehicles, officers will field-test the vehicles. The test vehicles will be evaluated for six months, and then the department will begin purchasing them if they meet the needs of officers. The test vehicles have not yet been delivered, according to the N.Y.P.D.

Prior to entereing into the preliminary agreement, the department evaluated each of the new patrol vehicles, including the Dodge Charger Pursuit and Chevrolet Caprice PPV. During that period, the department purchased two year's worth of Ford's Crown Vic Police Interceptors (CVPI) in 2011—the final model year of the vehicle.

The department manages a fleet of 8,200 marked and unmarked vehicles, and has added about 800 hybrid and electric vehicles in recent years. The department uses a variety of vehicles, and relies on the Chevrolet Impala and Ford CVPI for its primary patrol units.

The N.Y.P.D. fleet was named one of the "Best 100 Fleets in North America" by Government Fleet in 2012, 2010, 2009. It ranked among the top government green fleets in 2009.

By Paul Clinton


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Comments (6)

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FireCop @ 7/4/2012 5:30 AM

It will be interesting to see as these large agencies purchase and use this 'new' platform how it stands up. I wish Ford well even though they cancelled the best PI available. There is still a major hangover from the early Taurus offering; hopefully they've done this new sedan up to stand the test of time. Be safe.

Tim Mullins @ 7/4/2012 6:55 AM

Thought they purchased the Caprice??

Kenneth @ 7/4/2012 8:54 AM

Give me a Ford Crown Vic PI any day over the new ones. The are heavier and offer more protection in a crash. I am sorry to see the Crown Vics go.

M. Jones @ 7/4/2012 10:12 AM

It 's about time new York city pd choose a full size and more powerful patrol car. That is what a big police department needs for it personnel . Nypd we are still the best ! Retired officer. M. Jones

J. Sgro @ 7/5/2012 1:33 PM

The new Interceptor is an outstanding choice to replace the CVPI. Weight is the same, handling is better and engine performance with the base engine is on par with or better than the outgoing CVPI but with better economy. It is nowhere near the same league as the old Taurus, which should never have been a police car. We have one with AWD and it sticks to the road like its on rails. Punch it in the rain and it just flat out goes, no tire spinning trying to get traction, its just there. My prediction for winter performance is that is going to take north of a foot of snow to stop them, greatly reducing the need for overpriced and inefficient large suv's. If you really need more get up and go than what the base offers then you opt for the ecoboost. The CVPI was a great car and in my opinion the best police car we have had to date. The only vehicle available now that may possibly top it is the new interceptors. The other two offerings just dont have what it takes, particularly when it comes to quality and reliability. Ford stuck with us when the others bailed out and now they want another piece of the apple. Well, they got my piece when they got bailed out. Some real sharp people running the NYPD fleet dept. I just hope that more agencies give Ford a chance. I truely believe they did do their homework on this one.

Adam @ 7/5/2012 7:34 PM

My department purchased one of the PI Utility's. They say it is based off the new Explorer, when its more of an Edge. If you are a taller or bigger person good luck getting into the vehicle. I'll stick with my departments Charger.

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